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Coco Ecolo Has Home Field Advantage

Trainer Kelly John Breen sends out longshot Coco Ecolo in Saturday’s Monmouth Oaks and although the morning line reads 15-1, the trainer hopes the home court plays to his advantage.


With horses shipping in from Laurel, Belmont, Delaware, Saratoga, Fair Hill and Parx, Coco Ecolo only has to walk the short distance from her barn on the Monmouth backstretch to compete in the Grade 3 Oaks.


“With some time between races, she should be a little fitter,” Breen said.  “She ran well last out, maybe got a little tired toward the end.  She’s ready for Saturday.”


Coco Ecolo broke her maiden here on May 21, by more than eight lengths.  She came back with an entry level allowance score on June 12, before running third on July 16 in the Serena’s Song Stakes.


“The Serena’s Song was a good race for her,” Breen said.  “She ran well and has been training really well since.”


First contested in 1871, the Monmouth Oaks is the oldest Oaks contested in North America.  The $150,000 mile and a sixteenth test is slated for the tenth of 12 races on Saturday and has drawn a full field of 11 3-year-old fillies.





With 38 of the 71 racing days of the 2011 Monmouth Park meet in the books, some familiar faces and a newcomer top the standings for top honors come meets-end on Nov. 6.


In the jockey’s race, 2009 top rider Elvis Trujillo is back on top, having booted home 72 winners.  Last year’s leader, Paco Lopez, is second with 54 wins, nine more than 13-time top Monmouth jock Joe Bravo.  C. H. Marquez is fourth with 29 wins, one more than Angel Serpa.


Over in the trainer’s contest, Scott Volk and Jane Cibelli lead the way.  Volk, who tied for top conditioner at last summer’s Elite Summer Meet, and Cibelli each have 16 winners, one more than 2007 leading conditioner Todd Pletcher.  Wesley Ward is next with 14 victories, one more than the quartet of Gregg Sacco, Eddie Plesa Jr., Peter Walder and Eddie Broome.


Last year’s top owner, George and Lori Hall, are once again on top this season, having seen their runners visit the winner’s circle on 12 occasions.  Patricia Generazio is next with 10 winners, three more than JMJ Racing Stables LLC and the partnership of Richard Malouf and Eddie Broome.


Monmouth Park’s 2011 season will continue with live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 5 (a special Labor Day program).  Thereafter, the racetrack will host live racing on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 6, with the addition of live cards on Monday, Oct. 10 (Columbus Day) and Friday, Nov. 4 (Breeders’ Cup Friday).



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