Trainer J. Willard Thompson is as much a fixture at Monmouth Park
as Monmouth Park
is on the Jersey Shore.
At 76, he’s run in just about every race Monmouth has to offer and seen
just about every possible racing scenario unfold before his eyes. On Saturday, he hopes to see his 2-year-old
filly Morethanvictorious make her third start a winning one as she heads to the
post in the $65,000 Junior Champion Stakes.
“She’s a small filly,” said Thompson, a five-time leading
trainer at Monmouth. “She beat a couple
first time out (June 26) and then I put her on the turf. She got bumped pretty good at the break and
was last. But she came running on late
That race on Aug. 7 was at five furlongs and on Saturday
she’ll stretch out to a mile for the first time.
“The distance should really help her,” Thompson said. “She’s certainly bred for the grass.”
A daughter of More Than Ready from the Wild Again mare
Burnished Miss, Morethanvictorious was bred in Kentucky. Her mother hit the board in 11 of 14 starts
and prior to Morethanvictorious had produced three foals to race, all winners.
Owned by Cheryl Rickards Stables, Morethanvictorious will
break from post two in the nine-horse Junior Champion. She will be reunited with jockey Mike Luzzi,
who was aboard for the filly’s latest outing.