Even-Money Favorite Dial Operator Sharp In Return, Wins Monmouth Park’s Sunday Feature Race
July 01, 2018
Dial Operator took full advantage of the class relief he received, returning to his winning ways with a sharp 1¾-length victory in the featured $51,250 allowance race for Jersey-breds on Sunday at Monmouth Park.
Ninth in the Grade 3 Gotham in his last start on March 10, Dial Operator easily handled seven rivals with a strong middle move, taking the lead entering the final turn and never looking back for jockey Jose Ferrer. Now 3-for-4 lifetime, Dial Operator covered the six furlongs in 1:10.73. He returned $4.00 to win as the even-money favorite.
Trainer Jason Servis said immediately afterward that he would likely point the 3-year-old son of Dialed In-Heir Stream to the $60,000 Charles Hesse II Handicap at Monmouth Park on Aug. 26.
“He’s a nice horse,” said Servis. “I don’t know what happened to him in the Gotham. He was only 7-1 in that race against some good horses but it just didn’t happen for him that day. I’m not sure why.”
The victory was the second of three on the 11-race card for Servis, who has 17 wins from just 31 starters at the meeting.
Ferrer, who rode Dial Operator in his first start — a Maiden Special Weight victory at Monmouth as a 2-year-old – said the New Farm-owned colt has improved significantly.
“He impressed me a lot this race,” said Ferrer. “He just went by these horses today like it was nothing.”
Longshot I Am The Man rallied for second. It was another eight lengths back to Evil Monkey in third.
Racing resumes at Monmouth Park with a special nine-race Wednesday card on July 4. Post time is 12:50 p.m.