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Monmouth Park Barn Notes - August 1

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Monmouth Park’s first-ever Joes vs. Jocks Mini Golf Festival proved to be a smashing success raising $5,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund while attracting over 300 people to the track’s new Bluegrass Mini Golf Course.

Held Friday, July 26 from 6-10pm, the inaugural event served as the official kickoff to William Hill Haskell weekend and featured a night of mini golf with members of the Monmouth Park jockey colony and other track personalities, along with food trucks and a live band.

“I could not be happier with how the festival turned out,” said Brian Skirka, Monmouth Park’s marketing manager and event coordinator.  “To have such a tremendous response from our jockeys and to have it be so well received by our fans was truly something special.  We were able to raise a lot of money for a great cause and hopefully have created a new Haskell weekend tradition.”

Among the jockeys who participated in the event were 13-time Monmouth Park leading rider Joe Bravo, 3-time riding champ Elvis Trujillo and 2010 top jock Paco Lopez.

“On behalf of the Monmouth Park jockeys, I’d like to thank Monmouth Park for putting on such a great event,” Bravo said.  “To see so many of the best fans in racing come out to support a great cause was tremendous.  This was the perfect start to what turned out to be a phenomenal Haskell weekend.”

 

WICKED TUNE SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN MY FRENCHMAN

 

Wicked Tune is coming off of his third straight win after only four starts since moving to the barn of trainer Jane Cibelli. He will look to continue his success for owner Patricia Generazio as he fights for the winner’s share of the $60,000 purse in Saturday’s My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth.

“I train for the Generazio’s, who have a lot of horses,” said Cibelli, “and the reason I got the horse is because I was going to Tampa and Gulfstream. Bruce (former trainer Alexander) stayed up here last winter, so the horse came to me.”

A 6-year old horse by Concorde’s Tune out of Pretty Wicked, Wicked Tune won by an impressive four lengths in his last outing in an optional claiming event at Delaware Park (July 15), stepping five furlongs in :57 3/5 on turf rated as good. He has trained well for Cibelli leading up to this Saturday’s 5 ½ furlongs grass sprint, posting a sharp four furlong breeze in :48 1/5 along Monmouth’s turf course on July 25. 

Cibelli believes that the strategy is clear for the My Frenchman, a race Wicked Tune lost by a neck in 2011, but says that the added distance is the true obstacle in the race.

“Coming out of the one hole he’s obviously the speed. He’s fast,” Cibelli said. “The problem is going to be the 5 1/2 rather than the 5/8ths. Five furlongs is a better distance for him so he’s going to have to be patient. It’s going to be a rider’s race. He’s not going to come from off the pace coming out of the one hole, but he’s going to have to watch his fractions and save a little for the extra 16th.”   

Elvis Trujillo has the mount on Wicked Tune for the My Frenchman, which will go as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card at Monmouth.

 

HORSE PLAYER WORLD SERIES HANDICAPPING CONTEST SATURDAY AT MONMOUTH

 

This Saturday Monmouth Park will host a handicapping contest as players bet for an estimated grand prize of $4,000 and an all expense paid trip to the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas for a seat at the 2014 Horse Player World Series on March 27 – 29.

Contestants will make win, place, and/or show bets on at least 10 races on the Monmouth Park and Saratoga cards, and the contestant with the highest bankroll at the end of the day will earn the grand prize. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top 10 finishers. 

Players who wish to compete can register between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at tables inside the grandstand and clubhouse entrances, where they will need to bring $100; $40 as an entry fee and $60 for their tournament bankroll. For more information fans can visit www.monmouthpark.com or contact Brian Skirka at bskirka@monmouthpark.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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