– Jose I. Samaniego’s Smoke the Devil wore down pacesetter Hermosillo in the
stretch to capture the $75,000 Charles J. Hesse III Handicap as Javerre won the
$60,000 New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap and Ima Jersey Girl took the $60,000
Jersey Girl Handicap at Monmouth Park on Saturday – a day of racing dedicated
to horses bred in the Garden State.
by the owner, Smoke the Devil covered the mile and a sixteenth over the fast
main track in 1:46 4/5 and returned $9, $5 and $3.60 as the favorite in the
field of 11 colts and geldings. Uncle
Otto, who finished a length behind the winner, rallied to complete the $40.60
exacta and paid $4.80 and $2.80. It was
another length and a half back to Hermosillo,
who paid $3.20 to show.
behind the speed nicely,” said winning jockey Elvis Trujillo. “At the 3/8ths pole he was going along
easily. I angled him to the outside for
the stretch and he had plenty left. I
asked him in the lane and he had a great burst of energy.”
5-year-old gelding by Devil His Due from the Smoke Glacken mare Smoke Glack
Attack, Smoke the Devil increased his lifetime earnings to $207,105 after
taking his fifth of 17 starts.
In the New
Jersey Breeders’ Handicap, Smith Farm and Stable’s Javerre quickly took command
out of the gate, was pressed by Chief Carlson throughout, before putting away
that foe in the final eighth to post a length and a quarter victory.
Angel Arroyo, Javerre stepped the six furlongs over a fast main track 1:11 2/5
and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.20 as the favorite in the field of seven. Chief Carlson completed the $21.20 exacta and
paid $4.60 and $2.60. It was another
length and a quarter back to Richiefromshoprite, who paid $2.10 to show.
we might be in front,” said winning trainer Cal Lynch. “With the one hole we didn’t want to
wait. He made the lead and was able to
set decent fractions. He dug in well in
3-year-old by Outflanker from Sorority Stakes winner Our Fantene, Javerre has
now won four of his five starts.
Saturday’s victory marked the first stakes win for the gelding who has
Two races later,
Ima Jersey Girl lived up to her name, dominating the Jersey Girl Handicap by 12
½ lengths. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Ima
Jersey Girl moved to the lead around the far turn before opening on her
competition, stopping the timer in 1:46 2/5 for the mile and a sixteenth over
the main track. Gracefully Mean rallied
to complete the $28.60 exacta and paid $5.40 to place and $3 to show. It was another length and a quarter back to Y
to Kat, who paid $3.20 to show.
her for this race since she ran her last,” said winning trainer Gregg
Sacco. “She’s been stakes placed and now
she’s a stakes winner. She’s a
homebred. We are ecstatic that she’s a
Red Oak Stable, Ima Jersey Girl sports a record of 6-1-3 from 16 starts. The 4-year-old filly by Lightnin N Thunder
our of the French Deputy mare Ubetwereven has now banked $252,154 for her
continues at Monmouth
Park on Sunday, Sept. 16
– gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.