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Watchin The Wheels Holds On By A Nose To Capture Friday’s Turf Feature At The Meadowlands

October 18, 2019

Watchin the Wheels, claimed four starts back by trainer Kelly Breen for owner Mike Napoli, won for the third time for her new connections, holding on for a nose victory over Theodosia in the featured grass race during Friday’s all-turf card at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford.

The 3-year-old daughter of Broken Vow-Eyedontblink by El Corredor, had been just 1-for-9 lifetime before being claimed by Napoli, the former 12-year Major League baseball player, for $20,000 on June 16 at Monmouth Park. She has won three races with a second in her four starts since coming into Breen’s care.

The 5-2 second choice in the field of 10 fillies and mares, Watchin the Wheels covered the mile and a sixteenth over a turf course labelled “good” in 1:46.36.

Her latest victory was a hard-earned one, with jockey Harry Hernandez slipping along the rail coming out of the final turn to take the lead from Theodosia and then briefly opening a one-length lead. But Theodosia, under Ruben Silvera, battled back, with the two racing just noses apart for much of the stretch.

It was another 3¼ lengths back in third to 2-1 favorite Animauxselle.

When all-turf racing resumes on Friday, Oct. 25, for the first of the final two cards of the abbreviated Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, there will be a Pick 6 carryover of $3,533.86 awaiting handicappers.

Following the 99th Far Hills steeplechase meet this Saturday, Thoroughbred racing will resume at Monmouth Park on Sunday for the 60th day of the 61-day meet. The 2019 Monmouth Park racing season, as well as this year’s New Jersey Thoroughbred season, will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 27.

First race post time at Monmouth Park is 1:15 p.m. At the Meadowlands for the all-turf cards next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, first race post time is 12:30 p.m.