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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.