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Monmouth Regular George Cross Tries Stakes Company In Dan Horn

Posted Saturday, Jun 20, 2015

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George Cross looks to get back to the winners circle after four straight second place finishes at Monmouth Park in Sunday’s Dan Horn Handicap for New Jersey Breds set for a mile on the turf.

            “He’s a model of consistency,” said Greg Sacco, who conditions the horse for Golden Goose Enterprise LLC and Andy Kligman. “He runs tough every time out. He fought gamely last time and just missed at the wire.”

            In his last race, George Cross was up with the early pace and battled gamely down the stretch, just finishing second by a head in the $20,000 claiming event on June 5.

            That marked the fourth straight second place finish on the Monmouth turf for George Cross. He sports a 1-4-0 record in his six career starts over the Oceanport grass.

            The 5-year-old gelding by Grand Reward out of the Honour and Glory mare Act of Glory hasn’t worked since May 26 where he went four furlongs over the fast Monmouth main track in :53 2/5.

            “I think we will be sitting about third or fourth going into the first turn,” said Sacco. “He runs his best coming from just off the pace. I like our post position. I’ll let Joe (jockey Bravo) take the horse into a spot where he has the best chance to win.”

            George Cross will have to get by John J. Reilly winner Saucy Don as well as two horses on two race win streaks in Oak Bluffs and ShesfromBoston.

            George Cross will break from post 1 in the field of 14 for the Dan Horn. The Dan Horn is race 10 on the card and is one of two stakes races on Sunday’s card, capped off by the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes for three-year olds. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.



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