Mr. Amore Stable’s Ju Ju Eyeballs pushed past pacesetter Funfair
in mid-stretch before drawing away to a nearly two-length score in the
$60,000 Crank It Up Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday before a crowd
Trained by Jason Servis, Ju Ju Eyeballs stepped the 5
½ furlongs over a “good” turf course in 1:04 1/5 and paid $9.80, $4.60
and $3.20. Fearless Jacq completed
the $33.40 exacta and returned $3.60 and $3.20. It was another
three-quarters of a length back to Jewel of the Cat, who paid $3.80 to
show. Funfair, the 2-1 favorite, faded to fourth.
"I had good position on the backstretch but got
bumped badly at the 3/8ths pole,” said winning jockey Paco Lopez. “I
went wide and that was it. I had a
lot of horse under me and he took off.”
A 3-year-old filly by Gators N Bears from the
Smarten mare Savvy Lady, Ju Ju Eyeballs sports a record of 5-1-1 from
nine starts, good for earnings of $139,890.