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Veteran Joey P Still Going Strong

He’s 9-years-old now, but John Petrini’s Joey P. looks as good as ever as he prepares for another Monmouth debut, the eighth straight of his career.


The dark bay son of Close Up long ago outran his modest New Jersey breeding to become one of the most popular horses ever to run at Monmouth Park. Since he started running here in August of 2004, Joey P. has compiled a record of 13-7-1 in 27 starts over the track, earning $733,141 of his $1,063,667 career total here.


When Joey P. (with Jersey Joe Bravo up, naturally) won at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 14, it marked the eighth straight year that he’s won at least one race, a remarkable feat in this modern racing era.


“He’s doing great again,” said trainer Ben Perkins Jr., who stands in awe of the old gelding. “He’ll work five-eighths here tomorrow (Friday) with Bravo up, to get him ready for the Reilly (the $65,000 John J. Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-breds on Saturday, May 28).

“He’s always been such a big, strong horse,” Perkins said, “but we can see the physical difference in him now that he’s 9. We have to do things a little differently with him than we did before.


“That race he won in Florida was exciting, but it took a lot out of him. We ran him back a month later, and you could see he was still knocked out.


“But he’s still a really competitive horse, and we’ll let him tell us what his schedule will be this year,” the trainer said.




To celebrate the opening of the 2011 season, Monmouth Park fans will receive free grandstand admission and half-price clubhouse admission on Saturday.


Monmouth’s May schedule will offer racing on Saturday and Sunday the next two weekends, and will race three days Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, of the Memorial Day weekend. 


Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and first post is set for 12:50 p.m. every day except Haskell Day, July 31, when the gates open at 10 a.m. and first post will be 12 noon. 



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