Magic Mesa, a recent acquisition for owner Andrew Sulley and trainer Patricia Farro, will return to the turf on Saturday at the Meadowlands when the 5-year-old mare breaks from post five in the $32,000 allowance/optional claiming feature.
“Her numbers are better on the grass,” said Mike Farro, assistant trainer and husband of Patricia. “We bought her so we could run her on the turf down in Florida this winter. She’s versatile, so if future races come off the grass, it should be fine for her.”
A daughter of Sky Mesa from the Saint Ballado mare Saintly Magic, Magic Mesa has made 23 trips to the post and sports a record of 4-9-5. Of those starts, she’s raced five times on the lawn, with a win, a second and a pair of shows.
“She’s not the best in the morning,” Farro said. “We just take her out there and try and keep her happy. We haven’t had her too long, so we’re still figuring her out, but she does have talent.”
Since purchasing Magic Mesa privately, she’s made two starts for the Farro barn, a disappointing fifth in the slop at Parx on Sept. 2 and a solid runner-up finish last out over a fast Monmouth main track.
“I’m looking forward to getting her back on the grass,” Farro said. “She should be right up with the early leaders, that’s her style. I expect to see her close up early and hopefully in front at the wire.”
Jockey Victor Santiago has the call on Magic Mesa, who’s been installed at 5-1 by oddsmaker Brad Thomas. Her main competition will likely come from Giulio’s Jewel, the 5-2 favorite who exits an impressive allowance victory last out on Delaware turf.
First race post for Saturday’s card is set for 2:15 p.m., with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. The all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands Thoroughbred meet runs through Saturday, Nov. 2.
BREEDERS’ CUP PARTY SET FOR NOV. 2 IN TURF CLUB
Monmouth Park will host a Breeders’ Cup Party on Saturday, Nov. 2 coinciding with Day 2 of the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.
The event will take place in Monmouth Park’s luxurious Turf Club and for $40 will include valet parking, Breeders’ Cup program, lunch buffet, and an exclusive Breeders’ Cup tip sheet from Monmouth Park’s own Brad Thomas.
Nine Breeders’ Cup races are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 capped by the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. All championship races – along with all undercard races plus a variety of simulcast signals – will be shown in the Turf Club from 12pm to 9pm. The venue will offer large-screen TVs in addition to the room’s numerous flat screens, private betting windows and a cash bar.
Beginning at 6 p.m., and courtesy of the Breeders’ Cup, the entire racetrack will celebrate “Happy Hour” with drink specials running right up to the Classic.
For more information on the Breeders’ Cup Viewing Party, log-on to www.monmouthpark.com or email Brian Skirka at email@example.com.