John Petrini’s Joey P., who
finished 11th and last as one of the favorites in last week’s John
J. Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-breds, is back on the track and training for
another assignment, trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said.
“He seems fine, sound as
ever,” Perkins said. “I don’t really know what happened. Maybe he needed
another work or two to get ready because that was his first start since
Joey P. a 9-year-old now, has
won at least one race every season since he came on the track as a 2-year-old
in 2004, and has never competed in anything less than stakes and allowance
“One thing is certain,”
Perkins said, “if he’s not able to compete at a good level, he won’t run any
Joey P. has won 18 of 45
starts and earned $1,064,867 in his career.