Final Forest Looks for Stakes Victory in Saturday's Reilly 'Cap

Thursday, May 30, 2013



Saturday’s John J. Reilly Handicap, a Monmouth Park staple, will feature New Jersey-bred colts and geldings travelling six furlongs over the main track.  Among the nine entered in this year’s Reilly is Final Forest, who’s no stranger to the Monmouth Park winner’s circle, having visited it twice in his 11-race career.

            “He tries hard,” said trainer Ben Perkins, Jr.  “He’s been running well all year in Maryland and this looked like the logical spot to put him.”

            Final Forest captured an allowance event at Laurel earlier this year and has picked up checks in his two subsequent starts.  He enters Saturday’s Reilly off nearly seven weeks rest and sports three works at Monmouth in preparation for this.

            “He’s been working well since he got back here,” Perkins said.  “It’ looks to be a pretty evenly-matched race and I suspect he’ll run well again.”

            A 4-year-old gelding, Final Forest is New Farm-bred top and bottom.  His sire, Forest Wildcat, was a graded stakes winner and top stallion.  His mother was a multiple stakes winner at Monmouth Park and her father was a multiple Grade 2 winner.  All raced in the New Farm colors.

            Elvis Trujillo, who was aboard for an allowance score on May 12, 2012, has the call on Final Forest Saturday.  The pair will break from post position eight.