In addition to favorites Verrazano and Itsmyluckyday in Sunday’s Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes at
Park, a pair from the barn of trainer
Kathleen O’Connell will appear in the program, but the actual race will
have just one. But which one?
“We’re planning on running one,” said O’Connell, who’s spending her first summer at
Park, “but I need to talk to the owner to
decide which one. Both are doing great. It’s a big advantage to have
them stabled here and just be able to walk out of the barn right to the
The two entered for owner Gilbert Campbell are
Reporting Star, who would break from post four and Kanturk Kid, who has
drawn post position seven, the far
outside. Jockey Angel Serpa is listed on both entrants.
A 3-year-old gelding by Circular Quay, Reporting
Star has finished in the money in five of his seven starts and is coming
off of two solid third place finishes
at Calder – the Calder Derby on April 6 and most recently the Mambo
Meister Stakes on May 12.
“He ran a great race in the Calder Derby,” O’Connell
said. “I can’t say that he’s a better turf horse than dirt though. He’s
only been on the Calder main
track and that surface is completely different than this one. Angel
Serpa’s been on him for both works here and said he really liked the
Reporting Star had mirror works of :49 1/5 here on
June 2 and June 12. His lone main track try was in the Calder Derby.
Kanturk Kid, a 3-year-old gelding by Act of Duty was
a close fourth to stablemate Reporting Star in the Mambo Meister.
Kanturk Kid does have more experience
on dirt surfaces, having taken his maiden at first asking last August
at Calder and finishing in the money in three of four tries on the main
track.Since arriving at Monmouth last month, Kanturk Kid shows two works, including a nice :47 four furlongs, handily on June 2.
“He’s shown good versatility,” said O’Connell of
Kanturk Kid. “He’s real sharp right now so he would probably be close
to the pace if he runs.”
The $150,000 Pegasus Stakes goes as the 11th race on a 12-race Father’s Day card.
FULL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES AT MONMOUTH FOR FATHER’S DAY
Dads will be flocking to Monmouth
Park Sunday with
their families for a Father’s Day at the races. To show appreciation for
all that fathers do, all gentlemen will receive free admission to the
park Sunday, and as always, children 12 and
under can also enter for free.
Along with a full card of racing, fathers and
families alike can enjoy a handicapping seminar with Mike Curci, pay a
visit to the MLB strikezone, and enter
the Father’s Day Sports Ticket Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of
tickets from the best sports teams in the area. Over 40 pairs of tickets
will be given away from teams like the Jets, Mets, Yankees, Phillies,
and Devils.Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, and the first race is set for 12:50 p.m.