Drawing Away Stable and David
Jacobson’s Balance of Power sat last through the early stages before angling
out for the drive and wearing down Pants on Fire in the final strides to take
the Grade 3, $150,000 Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park
before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 13,256.
Jockey Chuck C. Lopez and Balance
of Power went the mile and an eighth over a fast main track in 1:48 3/5 and
returned $17, $5.80 and $2.60. Pants on
Fire, who took the lead turning for home, had to settle for second, a
half-length behind the winner, paying $2.80 and $2.10. The exacta returned $46.40. It was another 2 ¾ lengths back to post-time
favorite, who paid $2.10 to show in the field reduced by scratches to five
“There was no real plan. I left it up to Chuckie (jockey Lopez),” said
co-owner and trainer Jacobson. “We had
been targeting this race for a while. He
beat some real nice horses today. Pants
on Fire and Valid are real solid animals.
I was real impressed with how he ran today.”
A 4-year-old gelding by Silver
Train from the Woodman mare Woodman’s Dancer, Balance of Power has won six of
his 16 lifetime starts, good for earnings $233,128.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, Aug. 22 –
gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.
As always, the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from
across the country and around the globe.