Means Well Rallies for Friday Feature Score

Friday, August 15, 2014

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After running last around the first turn, Richard Santulli’s Means Well came wide around the far turn before gaining the lead in late stretch to capture the $36,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon by nearly a length.

Trainer by Alan Goldberg, Means Well went the mile and a sixteenth over “good” turf in 1:43 3/5 and returned $10.80, $6.20 and $4.20.  Money for Maria rallied to complete the $224 exacta and paid $17 and $11.  It was another neck back to Subpoena, who paid $3.80 to show.  Post-time favorite Minx checked in fourth in the field of nine fillies and mares.

“The main thing was to get her to relax,” said winning jockey Julian Pimentel.  “She was just dragging me the whole way around there.  I was just trying to take my time.  I had her in a clear path.  I waited as much as I could and when I asked her she took off.”

A 3-year-old by Smart Strike from the Cat Thief mare Great Intentions, Means Well has now won her last two and sports a record of 2-1-1 from five career starts.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturday, Aug. 16 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.