Smoke the Devil Takes Monmouth's Hesse Handicap

Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Oceanport, N.J. – Jose I. Samaniego’s Smoke the Devil wore down pacesetter Hermosillo in the stretch to capture the $75,000 Charles J. Hesse III Handicap as Javerre won the $60,000 New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap and Ima Jersey Girl took the $60,000 Jersey Girl Handicap at Monmouth Park on Saturday – a day of racing dedicated to horses bred in the Garden State.

            Conditioned by the owner, Smoke the Devil covered the mile and a sixteenth over the fast main track in 1:46 4/5 and returned $9, $5 and $3.60 as the favorite in the field of 11 colts and geldings.  Uncle Otto, who finished a length behind the winner, rallied to complete the $40.60 exacta and paid $4.80 and $2.80.  It was another length and a half back to Hermosillo, who paid $3.20 to show.

            “He settled behind the speed nicely,” said winning jockey Elvis Trujillo.  “At the 3/8ths pole he was going along easily.  I angled him to the outside for the stretch and he had plenty left.  I asked him in the lane and he had a great burst of energy.”

            A 5-year-old gelding by Devil His Due from the Smoke Glacken mare Smoke Glack Attack, Smoke the Devil increased his lifetime earnings to $207,105 after taking his fifth of 17 starts.

            In the New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap, Smith Farm and Stable’s Javerre quickly took command out of the gate, was pressed by Chief Carlson throughout, before putting away that foe in the final eighth to post a length and a quarter victory.

            Ridden by Angel Arroyo, Javerre stepped the six furlongs over a fast main track 1:11 2/5 and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.20 as the favorite in the field of seven.  Chief Carlson completed the $21.20 exacta and paid $4.60 and $2.60.  It was another length and a quarter back to Richiefromshoprite, who paid $2.10 to show.

            “We figured we might be in front,” said winning trainer Cal Lynch.  “With the one hole we didn’t want to wait.  He made the lead and was able to set decent fractions.  He dug in well in the stretch.”

            A 3-year-old by Outflanker from Sorority Stakes winner Our Fantene, Javerre has now won four of his five starts.  Saturday’s victory marked the first stakes win for the gelding who has earned $127,100.

            Two races later, Ima Jersey Girl lived up to her name, dominating the Jersey Girl Handicap by 12 ½ lengths.  Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Ima Jersey Girl moved to the lead around the far turn before opening on her competition, stopping the timer in 1:46 2/5 for the mile and a sixteenth over the main track.  Gracefully Mean rallied to complete the $28.60 exacta and paid $5.40 to place and $3 to show.  It was another length and a quarter back to Y to Kat, who paid $3.20 to show.

            “I pointed her for this race since she ran her last,” said winning trainer Gregg Sacco.  “She’s been stakes placed and now she’s a stakes winner.  She’s a homebred.  We are ecstatic that she’s a stakes winner.”

            Owned by Red Oak Stable, Ima Jersey Girl sports a record of 6-1-3 from 16 starts.  The 4-year-old filly by Lightnin N Thunder our of the French Deputy mare Ubetwereven has now banked $252,154 for her connections.

            Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Sept. 16 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.