Peace Sign Stable’s Hard Enough sat just behind pacesetter
Shining Copper before moving past that rival turning for home and
opening up to a length and a half win in the $60,000
Jersey Derby at Monmouth
Park on Saturday.
Ridden by Paco Lopez, Hard Enough went the mile and a
sixteenth over firm turf in 1:41 flat and returned $26.60, $9.60 and
$5.40. Reporting Star closed
to complete the $133 exacta and paid $5.20 and $3.20. It was another
half-length back to Shining Copper, who paid $2.60 as the favorite in
the field of nine 3-year-old colts and geldings.
“I’m so happy to get this win for the owners,” said
winning trainer Bobby Dibona. “I know this is the best horse we have in
our barn. It’s been a while
since we’ve had a horse of his caliber. He needed to get back in his
division, with 3-year-olds. He needed some time to mature and just
looked great today.”
A colt by Hard Spun from the Mr. Greeley mare Grecian Wings,
Hard Enough earned his third win in 14 starts by taking the Jersey
Derby, which dates back to 1864, making it the oldest
Derby contested in North America.