– George and Lori Hall’s Sweet Ducky proved a much-the-best winner in the
$70,000 Seton Hall University Stakes at Monmouth Park
on Saturday, besting his rivals by an impressive four lengths at the wire.
looked to be a rematch of the Garden State Stakes run at Monmouth on Sept. 25,
Sweet Ducky went into the gate for the Seton Hall just inside of Curlinello,
who he bested by a half-length when they last met. On Saturday, Curlinello, dispatched as the
odds-on favorite in the field of six 2-year-old colts, rallied outside in the
lane, but was no match for the winner, who stepped the mile over the fast main
track in 1:38 3/5.
even more impressive than his race today is the way he’s maturing,” said
winning jockey Joe Bravo. “He’s always
had the talent, but now he’s starting to learn the game. He’s such a big animal, I think the two turns
has really helped him as well.”
Ducky, up on the pace the whole way, returned $5.40, $2.80 and $2.20 and topped
a $9.20 exacta. Curlinello paid $2.40 to
place and $2.10 to show. It was another
head back to Printing Press, good for a $2.40 show mutuel.
(jockey Bravo) asked about someone going to the lead and I told him it’s in his
hands,” said winning conditioner Kelly John Breen. “He needed a little seasoning and Joe just
said today he’s learning.”
indicated that the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot on Nov. 20 at Delta Downs
would be Sweet Ducky’s next start.
Hall University Stakes score was the third in four starts for Sweet Ducky, a
son of Pulpit from the Storm Boot mare Storm’s Darling. He has now banked $148,250 for his
continues at Monmouth
Park on Sunday, Oct. 24 –
gates open at 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.
The 2010 racing season runs through Sunday, Nov. 21, with live cards
slated for Saturdays and Sundays. As always,
the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the
country and around the globe.