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NJ Thoroughbred Festival at Monmouth Park

A 12-race card, including four stakes events, is on tap this Saturday as Monmouth Park once again celebrates the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival. Restricted to runners bred in the Garden State, the Festival card has drawn 141 runners who will be competing for nearly $1 million in purses.

The stakes action for this year’s eighth renewal of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival gets underway in race five with the $100,000 New Jersey Breeder’s Handicap at six furlongs. The contest has drawn the speedy Unwritten, who will once again face off against Hop Skip and Away, who wore down that rival last out in the Colts Neck Handicap on Aug. 22.

The $100,000 Eleven North Handicap will go as race seven and features the streaking Private Miracle, who enters the stakes riding a four-race win streak.

Race nine, the $100,000 Jersey Girl Handicap, has drawn last year’s Eleven North ‘Cap winner, Way With Words, who will be looking for her third win this season at Monmouth. The daughter of Sefapiano sports a Jersey Shore record of 8-4-1 from 18 starts.

Hermosillo, now a 6-year-old, will look to defend his Charles Hesse III Handicap title in the day’s 11th race. Hermosillo, who is looking for his first victory in 2010, captured this race by six lengths last year at odds of 35-1. Pedro Cotto Jr., who guided Hermosillo to his 2009 Hesse Handicap triumph, has the call back on the gelding by Sea of Secrets. Like the other stakes on the card, the Hesse carries a purse of $100,000.

Gates will open this Saturday at 11:30 a.m., with first post set for 12:50 p.m.



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