Weekend Express Makes Stakes Debut in Lamplighter

July 16, 2015 11:45am
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Weekend Express makes his inaugural start in stakes company as well as over the Monmouth Park turf in Saturday’s, $60,000 Lamplighter Stakes, going a mile and a sixteenth.  

He found his latest success two starts back where he sat the perfect trip before making a three-wide move on the turn and stormed home to a six length win in a $50,000 allowance at Belmont Park.

“He runs his best race when stalking the pace,” said Tim Hills, who conditions the horse for Sea Gull Associates. “Last time out, he didn’t run his style. He was sent to the front on a turf course that had some give to it and favored closers and went very slow fractions. He was never able to get going.”

His only other career victory came when he broke his maiden on March 28 at Gulfstream Park where he went wide into both turns before winning in come from behind fashion by two lengths in the mile and an eighth turf event. 

He has worked three times at Monmouth Park since his fifth place finish on June 20 including once over the turf course. His latest came on July 14 where he went three furlongs over the fast main track in :36 1/5.

“He has always been training and stationed here,” said Hills. “He is very familiar with the surroundings.”

The 3-year-old colt by Any Given Saturday out of the Bernstein mare Toll Taker made his first career start atMonmouth Park in September 2014 which was won by this year’s victor in the Grade 3 Pegasus and Haskell entrant Mr. Jordan.

Weekend Express will have to take down a pair of Todd Pletcher trainees for the Lamplighter title; Don’tbetwithbruno, who was last seen finishing fourth in the Pegasus and Nonna’s Boy, who finished third last time in the Easy Goer on the Belmont Stakes undercard behind rising 3-year-old Japan and this year’s Long Branch champion Stanford.

Andre Worrie will be aboard Weekend Express for the first time on Saturday. The Lamplighter will be race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with first post coming at 12:50 p.m.

Source: Monmouth Park


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