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."
Monmouth Park , Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 3
PP Horse Jockey Weight Trainer 1 Geeky Gorgeous (NJ) Angel Serpa 128 Daniel J. Lopez 2 Champagne Rain (NJ) Jonathan Zayas 117 Tina Cole-Davis 3 World Gone Wright (NJ) Jose C. Ferrer 118 Robert G. Smith 4 More Than a Party (NJ) Paco Lopez 117 Edwin T. Broome 5 P J's Superego (NJ) Gabriel Saez 118 Joseph F. Orseno 6 Pinot Grigio (NJ) Abel Castellano, Jr. 118 J. Willard Thompson
Monmouth Park , Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 7
PP Horse Jockey Weight Trainer 1 Stiffed (NJ) Ramon F. Moya 114 John F. Mazza 2 Maybe Tonight (PA) Paco Lopez 117 Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr. 3 P J Hooker (NJ) Nik Juarez 112 Joseph F. Orseno 4 Sweet Henrietta (NJ) Jose C. Ferrer 114 Gregory D. Sacco 5 She's Hot Wired (NJ) Pablo Fragoso 114 Mario Serey, Jr. 6 Can't Explain (NJ) Angel Serpa 118 John C. Kimmel 7 Techno Girl (NJ) Jonathan Zayas 109 William J Hogan 8 First Acquital (NJ) Gabriel Saez 120 Edwin T. Broome 9 Long Blooming Rose (NJ) Eddie Castro 117 Bruce N. Levine
Monmouth Park , Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 8
PP Horse Jockey Weight Trainer 1 Sublime Twist (NJ) Jose C. Ferrer 115 Timothy James Kelly 1A Disco Rhythm (NJ) Ramon F. Moya 112 Timothy James Kelly 2 Crafty Concorde (NY) Pablo Fragoso 119 John M. Rodriguez 3 Gadget Man (NJ) Eddie Castro 113 Joseph H. Pierce, Jr. 4 Dancing Lion (NJ) Paco Lopez 118 Gregory D. Sacco 5 Carl's Only Vice (NJ) Victor Santiago 120 Stephen L. DiMauro 6 Sierra Ancha (NJ) Jonathan Zayas 119 Edward H. Barney 7 Silent Appeal (NJ) Gabriel Saez 124 Claudio A. Gonzalez 8 Adduce (NJ) Navin Mangalee 117 Russell J. Cash 9 Ettelson (NJ) Nik Juarez 112 James A. Frangella, Jr.
Monmouth Park , Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 9
PP Horse Jockey Weight Trainer 1 Partyallnightlong (NJ) Paco Lopez 123 Edwin T. Broome 2 Magical Fire (NJ) Pablo Fragoso 113 Mario Serey, Jr. 3 Peri Whan (NJ) Pedro L. Cotto, Jr. 117 J. Willard Thompson 4 Saucy Don (NJ) Abel Castellano, Jr. 120 Teresa M. Pompay 5 Chief Carlson (NJ) Jorge Luis Vergara 112 Mario Serey, Jr. 6 Hop Skip and Away (NJ) Eddie Castro 117 Joseph H. Pierce, Jr. 7 Rainbow Heir (NJ) Angel Serpa 126 Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr.