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Wesley Ward on a roll at Monmouth Park

Trainer Wesley Ward

Trainer Wesley Ward has been red-hot at Monmouth Park all summer long, saddling 14 winners from 35 starters – good for a 40% winning percentage.

 

On Saturday, Ward will look to add a pair of stakes races to his 2011 Monmouth Park resume.  The conditioner has Black Rhino and Politicallycorrect entered for the Continental Mile and Pleasant Prince in the Philip H. Iselin (G3).

 

“We have a few ways we can go in the Continental Mile,” Ward said.  “We’re still going back and forth between this race and the Sapling (G3 on Sept. 3 at Monmouth) for Black Rhino.  He worked really well on the main track at Aqueduct last time.  [Owner] Ken Ramsey has a really nice son of Kitten’s Joy in Politicallycorrect.  He can really run.  He just lacks seasoning and experience.”

 

While Politicallycorrect would be making his career debut in the Continental Mile, Black Rhino is already a proven commodity on the grass.  The 2-year-old El Corredor colt broke his maiden by eight lengths on the Churchill Downs turf back in June.  Last out, Black Rhino finished fourth in the Grade 2 Sanford behind the highly-touted Overdriven.

 

One race after the Continental Mile, Ward will saddle 4-year-old Pleasant Prince in the $250,000 Iselin.

 

The Inca King colt captured his first race of 2011 last out in an allowance event at Monmouth Park.  Last November, Pleasant Prince finished ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

 

“He’s a very big horse,” Ward said. “So it’s kind of taken him some time to get back into form.  I thought his last race was very good.  It looks like he’s back.  He went from fifth to first in four strides once he got running room.”

 

As far as a return trip to the Breeders’ Cup this year:

 

“You’re always hopeful,” Ward said.  “He’s going to have to step up his game, but we think he can do it.”

 

 

 

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