Bold Thunder returns to stakes company in My Frenchman
August 12, 2016 12:30pm
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Bold Thunder returns to stakes company as he makes his inaugural start over the Monmouth Park turf against nine rivals in Saturday’s $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs.

Bold Thunder is exiting an allowance event on July 17 at Laurel Park where he had to go five wide into the far turn after breaking slow to finish fourth by 2 ¾ lengths behind fellow My Frenchman entrant Pool Winner.

“He didn’t break good from the gate last race, but he finished well,” said Mike Farro, assistant trainer for conditioner Patricia Farro. “It showed that he probably doesn’t need the lead if he doesn’t break 100%, but he usually likes to be on the lead.”

Owned by Andrew Sulley, Bold Thunder last got to the winner’s circle in April 2015 when he took allowance company gate-to-wire at Pimlico for a three-length score.

Since the win, the 6-year-old horse by Bold n’ Flashy out of the Storm Creek mare Stormy Kristine has been stakes placed in the 2015 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico as well as the Pennsylvania Governors Cup at Penn National, missing both by just a neck.

Bold Thunder has worked once over the Monmouth Park main track since his last outing. On July 17, he went three furlongs in :36 1/5, third fastest of the 22 horses that went the distance that day.

“We’ll see how he breaks and go from there,” said Farro. “I’m not going to give any special instructions.”

Emmanuel Esquivel will be aboard Bold Thunder for the first time in his career on Saturday.

To grab the My Frenchman title, Bold Thunder will have to beat two horses that are coming in off four or more straight wins. Mario Serey Jr. trainee Black Jet is undefeated for the trainer and has won five in a row dating back to February while Pool Winner, for Alan Goldberg, has tallied four straight wins beginning in November of 2015.

The My Frenchman is set as race 9 in Saturday’s 10-race card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled for 12:50 p.m.
Cali Thirty Seven cuts back in distance for her first try at 5 ½ furlongs since her second career start in Sunday’s $60,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes on the turf.

“She’s been doing great,” said Joe Orseno, who conditions the horse for Crush Management & DJ Stable LLC. “She finally gets a chance to run and we get to keep her home and she seems to like the turf here.”

The 4-year-old filly by Eskendereya out of the Carson City mare Mama Tia finished ninth in the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth on May 29, her most recent outing. Prior to that, she took the Powder Break Stakes at Gulfstream Park on April 30 in wire-to-wire fashion by a length and a quarter in her lone stakes victory.

Cali Thirty Seven’s only win over the Monmouth Park turf came against allowance company in July 2015 by two lengths in her signature wire-to-wire style.

She has worked four times since her start in the Miss Liberty. Her latest came on Aug. 7 when she went four furlongs in :52 2/5 over a fast main track.

“I don’t really mind the post,” said Orseno, about drawing the three hole. “She has good early speed going long, but there is a lot of speed in the race, so we will probably let her break and get her into a good position early in the race.”

Along with Cali Thirty Seven, there are four other stakes winners set to enter the gate in the Blue Sparkler led by last year’s winner Joya Real and graded stakes winner Lucy N Ethel who tries the turf for the first time after taking the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 2.

The Blue Sparkler is set as race 9 in Sunday’s 10-race card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled for 12:50 p.m.
Seats in the 2017 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship are on the line Saturday in Monmouth’s $500 Super Qualifier Handicapping Contest.

Participants must wager on a minimum of 10 races between Monmouth Park and Saratoga with at least five of them being on the Monmouth card. Players can only use win, place and/or show wagers throughout the day as they try to build their bankroll.

The entry fee is $500 with the top 10 finishers earning spots in the 2017 National Handicapping Contest in January.  Sign up tables will be located in the Grandstand and Clubhouse entrances.

Triple K Stables and Jagger Inc.’s Ghost Hunter waited for an opening between horses in the middle of the stretch banefore storming home to a length victory in Friday’s $42,000 allowance optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park.

Trained by Jamie Ness, Ghost Hunter covered the mile on the firm turf course in 1:35.56 and paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10. Weekend Express completed the $17.20 exacta and paid $5.60 and $2.40. It was another 2 ¼ lengths back to High Noon Rider, who paid $2.60 to show.

“I had a very good trip,” said winning rider Antonio Gallardo who notched five wins on the card. “I know this horse really well and I was very confident in him. He’s comfortable running in between horses so I had a little bit of patience with him and he finished strong.”

The 6-year-old gelding by Ghostzapper out of the Kafwain mare Hartfelt now posts a record of 13-8-7 in 38 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $357,730.

Source: Monmouth Park


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