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Sacco Loaded for NJ Thoroughbred Festival

Trainer Gregg Sacco is going to be a busy man come Saturday’s New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival. 


The conditioner will saddle seven runners in the course of Saturday’s 12 races, including one in all of Monmouth Park’s three stakes races.


“We’re certainly going to be busy Saturday,” Sacco said.  “We’ve got a lot of good horses running and hopefully we can have a big day.”


Leading off the trio of stakes runners for the Sacco barn is Pot O’ Gold Stable’s Voodoo Charm who will face five older rivals in the $60,000 New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap.  The 3-year-old son of Devil His Due hasn’t finished worse than second in four 2011 starts.


“He’s really developed into a nice horse this year,” Sacco said.  “He’s only three and will be facing some seasoned older horses, but he’s answered the bell on everything we’ve asked of him so far this year.”


In Saturday’s Race 7, Red Oak Stable’s Hung Jury will step up against stakes company for the first time.  The 4-year-old gelding by Closing Argument has a win and a second-place finish at the 1 1/16-mile distance of the $100,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap.


“Hung Jury is not an easy horse to train and is not very easy on himself in his races,” Sacco said.  “Last time, he kind of hung a little bit in the stretch.  He seems to wait on horses sometimes, but we think this is a good spot for him to make his stakes debut.”


In the $60,000 Jersey Girl Handicap, the aptly-named Ima Jersey Girl will try for her fourth win of the 2011 Monmouth Park season.  The 3-year-old filly by Lightnin N Thunder successfully stretched out to a mile and 70 yards last out in the form of a 3 ¼-length win.


“The way Ima Jersey Girl has trained gave us every indication that she would stretch out,” Sacco said.  “She surely answered the bell last out.  She’s only three and will be running against some older horses who are more seasoned at the distance and against stakes company, but there weren’t really any other options for her.”


In addition to its three stakes runners, the Sacco barn will also send out Scatalicious in Race 2, Silent Appeal in Race 5, Late for Class in Race 6, and Courage to Be in Race 10.




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