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Chaser Looks To Pull Off Upset In John McSorley Stakes

Posted Saturday, Jun 6, 2015

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Chaser returns back to the turf for trainer Pat McBurney and goes for his first career stakes win in Sunday’s $60,000 John McSorley Stakes, going five and a half furlongs.

            “He has been training great and we are looking forward to getting him back on the grass,” said McBurney, who trains the horse for Fleming Thoroughbreds LLC. “He loves the turf, especially here at Monmouth.”

            Chaser, a four-year-old colt by Posse out of the Lost Code mare Winged Delite, has three previous starts over the Monmouth grass with a 1-0-1 record.

            Chaser last worked over the Monmouth dirt on a fast main track on May 17, going four furlongs in :48, which was the seventh fastest out of 52 horses that went four furlongs on that day.

“This is a very tough field all the way around,” said McBurney. “He is going to have to run his best race to have a shot.”

A tough field it is indeed. Three stakes winners will break from the gate on Sunday including Dreamsgonewild, who has hit the board three out of her four career starts on the Monmouth turf, Two Notch Road, a stakes winner at Monmouth, and Strong Impact, who won last year’s edition of the McSorley. 

This will be Chaser second start off an eight month layoff. Her last time out was on the Monmouth dirt, going six furlongs in a $50,000 allowance finishing seventh.

“He needed to get that race under his belt,” said McBurney. “Five to five and a half furlongs on the turf is where he is best at.”

Carlos Marquez Jr. will be aboard Chaser and will be breaking from post position nine. The McSorley will be race 8 in Sunday’s 12-race card. Gates open at 11:30 with first post at 12:50p.m.


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