Ticker
  • Lady Shipman breezes home much the best in Belmont's License Fee.Posted 2 days ago
  • Ben's Cat sprints home late to win his 10yo seasonal debut in thrilling fashion.Posted 2 days ago
  • Minding shows her class, easily winning the 1000 Guineas.Posted 2 days ago
  • Uncle Lino digs in to win the inaugural California Chrome Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • A Lot holds off favored Green Mask by a whisker to win the Elusive Quality.Posted 3 days ago
  • Galileo Gold, under Frankie Dettori, rolls in the 2000 Guineas.Posted 3 days ago
  • Olorda takes them all the way in the Bewitch Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
  • Nyquist will get in his final Kentucky Derby workout Friday afternoon at Keeneland.Posted 7 days ago
  • Time and Motion wins the Memories of Silver for Jimmy Toner.Posted 9 days ago
  • Finest City sets new track record in Great Lady M.Posted 10 days ago

Howe Great Ready for Jersey Derby

Howe Great with Jockey Edgar Prado winning the Kitten's Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Hallandale Beach, Florida. 01-21-2012
Howe Great didn’t win his last race, but his trainer considered the effort a sensational one nonetheless.

“I thought he ran great last time at Belmont (in a second place finish in the Grade 3 Hill Prince,” said Graham Motion. “Summer Front had every chance to get beat and he still got by us. I thought our horse ran a super race. We just got outrun that day. I was very pleased with how he ran. He’s very consistent. A couple of races in Kentucky, he had lousy post positions and that might have cost him a little bit. Again, he still didn’t run bad races in defeat. He’s a very consistent, straight-forward horse.”

Motion was referring to Howe Great’s third place finish in the Grade 2 American Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 4 and his fifth place effort in the Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on April 14. On Saturday, the winner of the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes on March 11 at Gulfstream will be the favorite in the $60,000 Jersey Derby.

“We wanted to get him in a race where he would look like the favorite on paper. That’s what we’ve done,” hopefully,’’ said Motion, who added that he thinks Monmouth’s track resembles Gulfstream’s and that his charge best handles this type of  tighter and firmer surface.

Howe Great is the only graded stakes winner in the field for the $60,000 Jersey Derby that includes Kid Sidney, Fire Alarm, Scat About, Broxbourne, and Crafty Union. Raconteur and Purest Form are entered for the main track only.

First run in 1864 as a one-time event at a track in Paterson, New Jersey, since 1942 the Jersey Derby has been held at different distances and on different surfaces at Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Racecourse and now Monmouth. It will be run at 1 1/16 mile on the turf course on Saturday.  

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories