Oceanport, N.J. – Team Valor
International’s Howe Great came with a wide run in the stretch before kicking
clear to a length and a quarter win in the $60,000 Jersey Derby at Monmouth
Park on Saturday.
Trained by H. Graham Motion, Howe Great covered the mile
and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:42.67 and paid $2.60, $2.40 and $2.10 as
the odds-on choice in America’s
first contested in 1864. Fire Alarm
rallied to complete the $14 exacta and paid $7 to place and $3.40 to show. It was another two lengths back to Crafty
Unicorn, who paid $3.40 to show.
“This is a pretty forwardly-placed horse,” said winning
jockey Joe Bravo. “He loves the
game. He wasn’t under much pressure the
whole time, he was nice and relaxed. I
was just out there to hold on.”
A 3-year-old colt by Hat Trick from the Western Winter
mare Ginger Sea, Howe Great now sports a record of
5-2-1 from nine starts. He has earned
$322,153 for his connections.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park
on Sunday, July 22 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post is 12:45 p.m.