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Ride Ride Takes A Step Up In Charles Hesse III

August 27, 2016


Ride Ride Ride looks for his first win in over a year when he goes into the gate with nine rivals in the $60,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap going a mile and a sixteenth on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

“He’s been doing great,” said John Tammaro III, who owns and trains the horse. “We’ve given him some time off and he always seems to run well fresh.”

The 6-year-old gelding by Candy Ride out of the Smart Strike mare Smart N Sassy made his last start in the allowance optional claiming ranks on the turf where he finished sixth behind Charles Hesse III rival Jersey Blues.

Prior to his most recent outing, Ride Ride Ride finished second in back-to-back claiming races, one at Monmouth and the other at Tampa Bay Downs.

Ride Ride Ride last found the winner’s circle in July 2015 when he scored a 6 ¾ length win in a $50,000 allowance event for New Jersey breds, beating another rival he will face on Sunday in Cheddar Chub.

Ride Ride Ride has worked three times since his latest start. He was the lone runner to go seven furlongs over the Monmouth main track on Aug. 17 when he went the distance in 1:30 2/5.

“The work was just to get him ready to run,” said Tammaro in reference to his last work. “He does have some speed, but he has come from off the pace as well. That’s when we are just going to see how he breaks. We don’t want him going too wide into the first turn.”

To take the Charles Hesse III crown, Ride Ride Ride will have to beat Don’s Marsh, who will be breaking from the rail for trainer Terri Pompay.Don’s Marsh has won three of his five starts over the Monmouth dirt this meet. Dan Horn champion and Jason Servis trainee Fuzzy Muzzle looks to make it back-to-back wins the Charles Hesse III, taking last year’s edition from off the pace by 4 ¼ lengths.

The Charles Hesse III is set to go as race 10 on Sunday’s 11-race card which includes two other stakes for New Jersey breds earlier in the card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled for 12:50 p.m.