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More Than A Party Leads Field Of Six Into The Open Mind

Posted Saturday, May 30, 2015

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More Than a Party returns to Monmouth stakes action as she takes on five other New Jersey breds in Sunday’s $60,000 Open Mind Handicap going six furlongs over the main track.

            After winning her first two allowance optional claiming races this winter, More Than a Party’s latest start came in graded stakes company for the first time in her career in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie at Gulfstream Park in February. She set the pace early in the race before Merry Meadow got even with her at the quarter pole and took off in the stretch leaving More Than a Party to settle for place.

            “She needed a little breather after coming up from Florida,” said Eddie Broome, who trains and co-owns the horse with Richard Malouf. “She didn’t run her best race in the stakes, but was very promising in the two wins prior to that. We were very pleased with how she ran this winter.”

            More Than a Party, by More Than Ready out of Party to Party, has worked twice since returning to Monmouth. In her latest workout on May 10, she went four furlongs in :48 2/5, seventh fastest of 62 horses that went the distance on that day.

            The 4-year-old filly will be making her seventh career start on the Monmouth dirt, posting a record of 2-2-1, with her only start off the board coming in her first career start in August 2013.

            “She has been doing great since returning here,” said Broome. “She has looked good in her workouts and is ready to go for Sunday.”

            Pinkout, owned by Kathleen Willier and trained by Kevin Sleeter, is the 3-1 morning line second choice and comes in off a two-race win streak with both victories by six or more lengths.  Pinkout’s half brother, Combee, was just purchased at the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Maryland for $50,000 by Willier. 

            Paco Lopez will be back aboard More Than a Party for the Open Mind. He has ridden the filly for nine of her 12 career starts.

            “I told Paco to make sure she gets off to a good start,” said Broome. “I don’t expect her to be setting the pace, but most likely she will be right off it.”

            More Than a Party is set as the 4/5 morning line favorite by Brad Thomas. The Open Mind will be race 10 on Sunday’s 11-race card.


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