George and Lori Hall’s Bern Identity returned off a nearly 20 month layoff to
capture the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes by an emphatic 4 ¼ lengths at Monmouth
Park on Saturday afternoon.
Trained by Kelly John Breen, Bern Identity
covered the 5 ½ furlongs over the sloppy main track in 1:03 1/5 and returned
$7.40, $4.40 and $2.80. Heaven’s Runway completed the $45 exacta and paid $5.60
and $3.40. It was nearly another two lengths back to Last Heartbreaker, who
paid $4 to show. The My Frenchman, originally scheduled for the turf, scratched
down to five runners.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve sat on
something that good,” said winning jockey Chuck C. Lopez. “I didn’t think we’d
be up that close early, but he was ready to go right from go. At the ¼ pole I
stepped on the gas and he just took off. I was super
Bern Identity, a 4-year-old colt by
Bernstein from the Good and Tough mare Maddalena, captured the Grade 2 Sanford
in his juvenile season and has now won four of eight lifetime starts. The My
Frenchman win boosted his lifetime bankroll to
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Aug. 3 – gates open 11: 30
a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.