With four days of live racing remaining at the 2013
Monmouth Park meet, the race for top conditioner is coming down to
Jorge Navarro and Eddie Plesa Jr. Through the Sept. 22 card, Navarro
held a 41 to 39 advantage and each are stocked with
runners for this weekend’s 19 races.
Navarro is scheduled to start six runners apiece on
Saturday and Sunday, while Plesa has four entered on each card.
Following the dueling leaders are the
duo of Ramon Moya and Claudio Gonzalez, who have each saddled 26
winners, four more than Gregg Sacco.
The owner’s race is also coming down to the wire
with John Brunetti’s Red Oak Farm on top with 17 trips to the winner’s
circle, just one more than High Point
Thoroughbred Partners. Red Oak and High Point each have four entered this weekend.
The only certainty is jockey Paco Lopez, who cruised
to the title to claim his second riding championship at Monmouth.
Lopez, the top jockey here in 2010,
has 93 wins, 36 more than four-time champion Elvis Trujillo. Gabriel
Saez is third with 54 wins, one more than Joe Bravo. Apprentice rider
Manuel Franco rounds out the top five with 43 victories.
The 2013 Monmouth meet runs through Sunday, Oct. 6.
SAEZ TO MISS ONE MONTH WITH HAIRLINE FRACTURE NEAR ELBOW
Jockey Gabriel Saez will miss one month of racing
action after being unseated by his mount To Dare Is to Do during the
running of the seventh race at
Park on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s a hairline fracture right near the elbow,”
said Cory Moran, agent for the 25-year-old jockey. “We’re told it will
be a month. He’ll rest between
now and then and resume riding at Gulfstream
on Wednesday, Saez was on the lead during the maiden special weight
turf event when his mount veered in sharply at the top of the straight,
unseating the rider.A native of
Panama, Saez was spending his first full season at
Park, having booted home 54 winners through last Sunday’s card, good for third in the overall jockey standings.
TRUCKTOBERFEST DEBUTS AT MONMOUTH THIS SATURDAY
The food trucks return to
Park this Saturday for the first-ever “Trucktoberfest” at the Oceanport racetrack.
“With the tremendous success of Food Truck Wars
earlier this year, we’re excited to bring them back for this first-time
Bill Knauf, vice president of
operations for the racetrack. “It should prove a great combination of
the traditional Oktoberfest events coupled with food trucks from across
The festivities will include a German beer garden,
where patrons 21 and over can purchase a commemorative six-ounce glass
for $5, which includes their choice
of an authentic German craft beer. Refills will be $2.50. A Bavarian
style Oompah band will be “in the haus,” and of course all fans wearing
lederhosen will receive free Grandstand admission to the track.
Trucktoberfest gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with first race post time set for 12:50 p.m.