Purple Egg made quite a name for himself at Monmouth Park during the 2012 meet and now the
undefeated 2-year-old is going to be tested in the graded stakes ranks.
to run in the Nashua
next,” said leading trainer Jane Cibelli, while looking at him tucked safely in
his stall after he had breezed four furlongs in a fleet :48.20 on a muddy
Monmouth track. “He worked really well and he continues to be doing very well.
Everything is right on schedule with him.”
who became the first woman to win leading trainer honors at Monmouth in 2011
and had the title virtually wrapped up again with two days of racing remaining
in the 2012 meet, had considered two graded stakes for Purple Egg’s next start.
She and the ownership group of Goodwood Racing LLC had in mind the Grade 3
Iroquois, to be run at one mile at Churchill Downs on October 28, or the Grade
2 Nashua, also to be run at a flat mile, at Belmont Park
on November 4.
“All of the
big boys will have run the day before (in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile at Santa Anita),” said Cibelli. “This is the right spot for him.”
Egg’s tale is well documented, as he became an internet and social media
sensation after two failed first starts at Monmouth. Twice he was led to the
gate, and twice he behaved so terribly that he had to scratched, and
ultimately, gelded. Once Cibelli got him to the races, he has lived up to lofty
expectations. He won by 4 ¾ lengths at first asking at Monmouth in August and
then last month aced his second test by 6 ¾ lengths at Parx Racing without even
as Cibelli continues to prepare Purple Egg for his next start, her phone keeps
ringing with offers from far and wide to buy the dark bay son of Lion Heart out
of the Prized mare Luminous Prize
here,” she said with a coy smile as she gave Purple Egg an affectionate rub on
his neck. “He’s the big man.”