Almanaar, Joe Bravo aboard, profitable the Monmouth Stakes for the second 12 months in a row
Regardless of being idle for greater than 16 months Almanaar bolstered two well-known beliefs in Saturday’s Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. One is that age is only a quantity. The opposite is that coach Chad Brown has the uncommon capability to have a turf horse prepared regardless of how lengthy it has been between races.
Almanaar made his 8-year-old debut a profitable one in capturing the Monmouth Stakes for the second straight 12 months, rallying stoutly from next-to-last after three quarters of a mile to offer Brown a 1-2 end within the $150,000 function race on the 11-race card.
The gelded son of Dubawi, who rolled residence one size forward of stablemate Serve the King within the nine-furlong turf stakes, had final raced on Could 25, 2019, at Monmouth Park when he received the Monmouth Stakes, then a Grade 2. Previous to that race, his solely begin in 2019, he had been idle for 4 months.
None of that mattered because the 3-2 favourite within the discipline of 9 3-year-olds and up used his sturdy late kick to overpower the sphere.
Serve the King completed 2 1/4 lengths forward of Bal Harbour.
“He has been coaching nicely at Belmont the entire time,” mentioned Luis Cabrera, who oversees Brown’s string at Monmouth Park. “The blokes there actually like the way in which he has been coaching. So he has been doing nicely. These kind of horses know what to do. They know the place the wire is. So you do not fear in regards to the layoff with these varieties. And he has plenty of class. We all know that.
“He ran nice. I am very completely happy together with his efficiency. I am unable to say I am stunned as a result of this horse has been coaching persistently. He has not missed a piece. He was match and he was prepared. Chad at all times makes positive the horses are 100% able to run.”
Owned by Shadwell Steady, Almanaar received for the eighth time in 21 profession begins, a report that features a victory on the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in 2017.
Although far again within the discipline early, jockey Joe Bravo mentioned he knew precisely what he was sitting on and tried to be affected person via fractions of :48.82 to the half, 1:12.93 to 3 quarters and 1:37.31 for the opening mile.
The ultimate time for the 9 furlongs over a agency turf course was 1:49.22
It was simply two weeks in the past that Brown trainees completed 1-2 within the $100,000 Violet Stakes on the grass at Monmouth Park, with She’s Obtained You profitable off a 12-week layoff.
“Solely Chad Brown does this. He is superb,” mentioned Bravo. “That is the second time this 12 months that he has performed this in a stakes race at Monmouth Park by profitable off an extended layoff. (That is) an outdated horse however he is a trouper. He is so sturdy and highly effective that I simply needed to offer him some daylight turning for residence. Class prevailed.”
Almanaar paid $5.00 to win, boosting his profession earnings to $900,349.
After the opening half mile, and even after three quarters had been run, Almanaar had only one horse beat till he made his explosive transfer popping out of the flip, overhauling Bal Harbour whereas having greater than sufficient in reserve to carry off Serve the King.
Racing resumes at Monmouth Park with a particular eight-race vacation card on Monday, Oct. 12, with the $100,000 Born to Run Stakes for 2-year-olds serving because the function. First race submit is 12:50 p.m.
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