OCEANPORT, N.J. – In the early hours of Friday
morning, a van carrying the horses of trainer John Mazza rolled through the Monmouth Park stable gate, officially kicking off
the training season for the 2012 season.
“It’s always great to be back at Monmouth,” said Mazza, who’s
been coming to the Oceanport racetrack since 1948. “I’ll have about a dozen horses this season,
a good mix of babies and proven runners.”
The first to set foot in the stable area was Roron Stables’
Brightest Rainbow, who arrived with her stable mates at 7:05 a.m. A 4-year-old grey filly who’s been working
steadily at Gulfstream Park, Brightest Rainbow was bred in the Garden State
by her owner.
In addition to Brightest Rainbow, the Mazza trainees
include a highly regarded 2-year-old by City Zip out of Veggie, who has
produced four winners including multiple stakes victor Carrots Only.
Other early arrivals on Monday included horses from the barns
of Skip Einhorn and Paul Kopaj.
As always, Monmouth’s stable area will be at capacity as
1,600 horses will call the Oceanport backstretch their home.
Park racing season gets
underway on Saturday, May 12. The meet
will once again be highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational, set for
Sunday, July 29. Other graded stakes
highlights include the United Nations Stakes on July 7, the Iselin
on Aug. 18, and the Molly Pitcher, being run for the first time on Haskell Day.
For more information, visit Monmouth Park
online at www.monmouthpark.com.