Team Valor International’s
Howe Great came with a wide run in the stretch before kicking clear to a length
and a quarter win in the $60,000 Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
Trained by H. Graham Motion,
Howe Great covered the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:42.67 and paid
$2.60, $2.40 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in America’s
first contested in 1864. Fire Alarm
rallied to complete the $14 exacta and paid $7 to place and $3.40 to show. It was another two lengths back to Crafty
Unicorn, who paid $3.40 to show.
“This is a pretty forwardly-placed
horse,” said winning jockey Joe Bravo.
“He loves the game. He wasn’t
under much pressure the whole time, he was nice and relaxed. I was just out there to hold on.”
A 3-year-old colt by Hat
Trick from the Western Winter mare Ginger Sea, Howe Great now sports a record
of 5-2-1 from nine starts. He has earned
$322,153 for his connections.