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Monmouth Park Barn Notes - Sept. 27

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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. 




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 Delaware 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 Park.”

At Delaware 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 Monmouth Park, having booted home 54 winners through last Sunday’s card, good for third in the overall jockey standings.




The food trucks return to Monmouth 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 event,” said 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 state.”

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.  






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