Unwritten denied Joey P. a fourth victory in the $100,000
John J. Reilly Handicap with a strong front-running score, and Thunder Brew
enjoyed a quick trip over the turf course in the $100,000 Lamplighter Stakes as
Monmouth Park kicked off the Memorial Day weekend in style on Saturday with a
crowd of 13,083 looking on, a 26.4% increase over last year.
Total handle on Saturday reached $9,352,256, a 122% increase over 2009.
On-track handle came in at $1,048,158, an increase of 54%.
Unwritten, trained by Rick Dutrow Jr. and ridden by Edgar Prado, took command
from the gate, opened a daylight lead down the backstretch and then turned back
a stretch challenge from Joey P. as he went on to score by three lengths,
racing the six furlongs in 1:10 flat over the fast track.
Joey P., who had won three previous editions of the Reilly ‘Cap for New
Jersey-breds, including last year’s running, held the place by a half-length
over the late-closing Hop Skip and Away.
Unwritten, who races for Gerard Artz, paid $9.20, $5.20 and $4.80 across the
board as third choice in the field of 11, and topped a $47.80 exacta. Joey P.
the second choice, paid $4.80 and $3.40, and Hop Skip and Away returned $11 to
The race was simply run, with Unwritten gaining command from the start and Joey
P. tracking him the whole way, but unable to catch up.
“We knew there was a lot of sped in the race, but if we broke well, we figured
it would be best to let him go to the front,” Prado said. “That’s just about
what happened. He broke cleanly and we ended up in front of the field. I just
let him run on, and he dug in all the way to the wire.”