Jersey-Breds Have Their Day at Monmouth Park
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2013 New Jersey bred horse of the year Geeky Gorgeous will run in the Eleven North Handicap.

State-bred runners will have their day Sept. 6 when Monmouth Park hosts the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival, which includes four $60,000 stakes.

The 10-race card for the festival, presented by the Malouf Auto Group, is made up of all New Jersey-bred races. In all, 93 horses were entered for the card that begins at 12:50 p.m. EST.

The stakes are the Charles Hesse III Handicap for 3-year-olds and up and the Jersey Girl Handicap for fillies and mares, both at 1 1/16 miles; and the New Jersey Breeders Handicap for 3-year-olds and up and the Eleven North Handicap for fillies and mares, both at six furlongs. There also are two maiden special weight events for 2-year-olds.

Under handicap conditions the highest weight to be carried in the four stakes is 128 pounds, which will be toted by Geeky Gorgeous in the Eleven North. A four-time stakes winner and earner of $427,554, Geeky Gorgeous won the $100,000 Regret Stakes at Monmouth before finishing seventh in the grade I Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

The 5-year-old Devil His Due mare, owned and trained by Danny Lopez and bred by Joe-Dan Farm, will face five foes in the Eleven North, named for a New Jersey-bred mare that won 16 races, six of them stakes, and never raced outside of New Jersey in her 40 career starts.

High-weighted in the New Jersey Breeders Handicap is Rainbow Heir, a 4-year-old Wildcat Heir   colt that is undefeated in four starts at Monmouth. Owned and bred by New Farm and trained by Ben Perkins Jr., Rainbow Heir was assigned 126 pounds in a seven-horse field.

The stakes also attracted Peri Whan, a 4-year-old Defrere gelding trained by J. Willard Thompson and owned and bred by his Winter Quarter Farm. Track officials noted Thompson's history with Monmouth dates back to the Harry S. Truman administration.

"I first came to Monmouth in 1952, riding steeplechase horses," Thompson said. "I've always supported the New Jersey-bred program and always will. This is home."

Thompson said Peri Whan will "need his running shoes" to win the Breeders Handicap.

"Rainbow Heir will definitely be tough," the trainer said. "My horse got away slowly in his last and just didn't fire (Aug. 23 at Monmouth). He's a solid horse who's usually right up on the pace, so hopefully a better break puts him in the hunt."

Eleven North H.

Monmouth Park , Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 3
  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $60,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 1:52 PM (local)
1Geeky Gorgeous (NJ)Angel Serpa128Daniel J. Lopez
2Champagne Rain (NJ)Jonathan Zayas117Tina Cole-Davis
3World Gone Wright (NJ)Jose C. Ferrer118Robert G. Smith
4More Than a Party (NJ)Paco Lopez117Edwin T. Broome
5P J's Superego (NJ)Gabriel Saez118Joseph F. Orseno
6Pinot Grigio (NJ)Abel Castellano, Jr.118J. Willard Thompson


Jersey Girl H.

Monmouth Park , Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 7
  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $60,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:58 PM (local)
1Stiffed (NJ)Ramon F. Moya114John F. Mazza
2Maybe Tonight (PA)Paco Lopez117Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr.
3P J Hooker (NJ)Nik Juarez112Joseph F. Orseno
4Sweet Henrietta (NJ)Jose C. Ferrer114Gregory D. Sacco
5She's Hot Wired (NJ)Pablo Fragoso114Mario Serey, Jr.
6Can't Explain (NJ)Angel Serpa118John C. Kimmel
7Techno Girl (NJ)Jonathan Zayas109William J Hogan
8First Acquital (NJ)Gabriel Saez120Edwin T. Broome
9Long Blooming Rose (NJ)Eddie Castro117Bruce N. Levine


Charles Hesse III H.

Monmouth Park , Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 8
  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $60,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:28 PM (local)
1Sublime Twist (NJ)Jose C. Ferrer115Timothy James Kelly
1ADisco Rhythm (NJ)Ramon F. Moya112Timothy James Kelly
2Crafty Concorde (NY)Pablo Fragoso119John M. Rodriguez
3Gadget Man (NJ)Eddie Castro113Joseph H. Pierce, Jr.
4Dancing Lion (NJ)Paco Lopez118Gregory D. Sacco
5Carl's Only Vice (NJ)Victor Santiago120Stephen L. DiMauro
6Sierra Ancha (NJ)Jonathan Zayas119Edward H. Barney
7Silent Appeal (NJ)Gabriel Saez124Claudio A. Gonzalez
8Adduce (NJ)Navin Mangalee117Russell J. Cash
9Ettelson (NJ)Nik Juarez112James A. Frangella, Jr.


New Jersey Breeders H.

Monmouth Park , Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 9
  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $60,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:58 PM (local)
1Partyallnightlong (NJ)Paco Lopez123Edwin T. Broome
2Magical Fire (NJ)Pablo Fragoso113Mario Serey, Jr.
3Peri Whan (NJ)Pedro L. Cotto, Jr.117J. Willard Thompson
4Saucy Don (NJ)Abel Castellano, Jr.120Teresa M. Pompay
5Chief Carlson (NJ)Jorge Luis Vergara112Mario Serey, Jr.
6Hop Skip and Away (NJ)Eddie Castro117Joseph H. Pierce, Jr.
7Rainbow Heir (NJ)Angel Serpa126Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr.

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