Kelly Breen, who set a career high in earnings in 2021, finds himself in a familiar position – leading in wins at Monmouth Park.
He won the training title at the New Jersey track last year with 38 wins from 145 starts, a 26 percent win rate. He also won the summer meet in 2020.
Overall for the year, Breen had a record of 200: 31-16-34 entering Wednesday's action.
Breen talked about his top horses Monday for this latest in Horse Racing Nation's Barn Tour series.
Andiamo a Firenze. This 2-year-old Speightstown colt broke his maiden with a four-length win at Belmont Park last month and came back to finish third in the Sanford (G3) on Saturday. "We'll get 'em next time," Breen said, although he doesn't know when his next start will be. "He's a nice horse. Once he figures it all out, I think he'll continue on. It looks like he'll be a nice horse."
Courvoisier. The 3-year-old Tapit colt started the year by winning the Jerome, then was seventh in the Withers (G3) and third in a black-type stakes at Parx stakes in March, his most recent start. He's been working at Saratoga, most recently breezing six furlongs in 1:14.11. "We're just looking for his next spot, comeback. We're not sure where we're going run him."
In Due Time. The 3-year-old son of Not This Time was second in the Fountain of Youth (G2) and then third in the Lexington (G3) before taking a break. "We sent him to the farm...and he should be back in training, probably around Aug. 1, something like that."
Another Not This Time colt who is taking a break is 4-year-old Yes This Time, winner of last year's Kent Stakes (G3) and fourth in the Monmouth Stakes (G3) last out. Breen expects him back in August or September.
He'spuregold is a 4-year-old who is 2-for-2 this year, most recently winning a stakes for New Jersey-breds at Monmouth on July 10. "There's a small chance we run this weekend at Monmouth in the United Nations (G1), just out our back door. But it wasn't really on my radar. The owner might have been looking at it for a while, but I didn't plan on running the horse back in 13 days from his last win. But he's a nice horse, and he's maturing nicely."
Moving Pictures is a 3-year-old Mohaymen colt who finished second in a Monmouth Park allowance race on Sunday after breaking his maiden in May in his third start. "It's hard to get a line on him because it was such a bad track yesterday. That 108 and 1, I think, it's a fake number. (The listed time for the race was 1:08.33.) Because later on in the day they had a race that went 107 and four. So I think a lot of it had just to do with the track not being up to snuff." He also noted that the winner, Cyberviking, was making his 12th career start and had been stakes-placed, but it was only the fourth start for Moving Pictures. "He's got room for improvement. He looked good this morning."
November Rein. This 3-year-old Street Boss filly has had two starts this year, most recently winning a Belmont allowance race on July 9 and running third in a Belmont stakes for New York-breds. "Trying to get her to run against straight 3-year-old fillies. I don't know where we're going to run her back. She is a New York bred. I just don't know. We ran her against open last time, an allowance race, trying to get her back into the winner's circle, and she responded and ran well. So not 100 percent where we run back, but possibly Saratoga – just not sure where when."