Money Multiplier Repeats In Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes As Handle Total Is Highest For A Non-Haskell Day In Three Years
May 26, 2018
Money Multiplier lived up to his name by repeating as the winner of the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes on Saturday, putting an exclamation point on a stakes-filled card that resulted in the highest handle for a non-Haskell Day at Monmouth Park in nearly three years.
Sent off at 4-1 in the select field of five by the crowd 15,764, Money Multiplier ran down a determined Projected in mid-stretch and then held off the late-charging Divisidero to win the $200,000 feature by three quarters of a length in the mile and an eighth grass race. The handle total of $5,953,670 was the track’s highest for a non-Haskell Day since July 5, 2015 on United Nations Handicap day.
Trained by Chad Brown, who led all conditioners in money won on the grass a year ago, and ridden by Joe Bravo, who has a record 13 Monmouth Park riding titles to his credit, Money Multiplier was well positioned throughout, stalking the pace-setting favorite Frostmourne.
When Bravo swung his charge wide in the final turn past a tiring Frostmourne, he then had to reel in Projected before staving off the challenge of Divisidero, a Grade 1 winner.
Money Multiplier won the Monmouth Stakes last year as the race favorite.
“He’s a beast. He’s a horse who deserves all the praise he gets,” said Bravo. “Turning for home he just ran away with it. Chad Brown is the greatest. He let me ride the race. He said to me `you might be on the lead. Don’t be shocked. He’s fresh. Let him run his race.’
“I got a little concerned when Divisidero came outside of me late. He’s a nice horse. He just made my horse run and he responded the way a good horse does.”
Money Multiplier, a 6-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky-Intensify, notched his fifth career victory, pushing his earnings to more than $1.1 million.
He covered the nine furlongs in 1:46.79.
The hard-hitting Page McKenney rallied from well off the pace to capture the supporting feature, the Grade 3 Salvator Mile, scoring a half-length victory over Shaft of Light in the $100,000 event. It was the 8-year-old gelding’s 22nd career win in 56 starts and his first appearance at Monmouth Park.
Ridden by Horacio Karamanos, Page McKenney paid $17.60 to win and covered the mile in 1:36.49.
“I was hoping for a little bit more speed early but we got what we got,” said trainer Mary Eppler. “He just tries so hard. He’s all heart, just an amazing horse.”
Dark Artist, a 3-year-old filly trained by Jane Cibelli and ridden by Trevor McCarthy captured the $75,000 Boiling Springs Stakes, holding off favored Reversethedecision by three quarters of a length. Dark Artist paid $15.60 to win in a field of 10 fillies going a mile and a sixteenth on the grass.
In the John J. Reilly Handicap Brother Chub ran down his full brother Chublicious to win the $60,000 six-furlong dash by 2½ lengths.
Trained by Michael Moore and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Brother Chub won his fourth straight race and his been first or second in all 12 starts since being claimed for $12,500 more than a year ago.
Chublicious was seeking his third straight win in the John Reilly, but the victory by his full brother means their sire – Hey Chub – both won the Reilly (in 2007) and sired two winners of the annual stakes.
Racing resumes at Monmouth Park with a 12-race card on Sunday, May 27, with a first race post of 12:50 p.m.