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Front Pocket Money Fights to the Wire To Grab Jersey Shore; Franklin Towers Takes Them All The Way In Lamplighter

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Oceanport, NJ- J Kirk and Judy Robison’s Front Pocket Money held a short lead the entire way and held off a late charge from Yellow Chips to score the three quarters of a length victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes Saturday at Monmouth Park.

            Trained by Steve Asmussen, Front Pocket Money covered the six furlongs over the fast main track in 1:09 4/5 and paid $6.80, $3.60 and $3.20 for the victory. Closing hard on the rail was Yellow Chips, who completed the $42.80 exacta and paid $6.60 and $3.60. It was just three quarters of a length back to Colonel Sharp for show, who paid $3.40.

             “My horse broke sharp and he felt comfortable on the lead,” said winning rider Antonio Gallardo. “I had a lot of pressure the whole way, but my horse loves to fight and he fought until the end. When he felt the horse coming on the inside down the stretch, I felt that he wanted to go again.”

            The 3-year-old gelding by Uncle Mo out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Turbulent Times has now hit the board in four of his five career starts, posting a 3-1-0 record and banking over $150,000.

            In the nightcap of the stakes doubleheader, Clarke Ohrstrom’s Franklin Towers went to the lead right out of the gate and never looked back, posting a neck, wire-to-wire win in the $60,000 Lamplighter Stakes.

            Trained by Jane Cibelli, Franklin Towers covered the mile and a sixteenth over the firm turf course in 1:40 4/5 and paid $42.40, $10.40 and $3.80. A hard-charging Noble Quality placed as the 4-5 favorite and paid $3.00 and $2.10. Vulcan’s Forge finished two and a half lengths behind the top pair and paid $2.60 to show.

            “The game plan was to go to the front because we looked like the speed of the race,” said winning jockey Nik Juarez. “Speed looked like it was holding well on the turf so leaving the paddock, we were sticking to that plan. I just tried to go as slow as possible and he really fought hard the whole way.”

            The 3-year-old son of City Zip out of the Engrillado mare Leioa now holds a career record of 2-2-0 in eight starts, earning over $71,000.

            Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, July 24 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.