Mr. Amore Stable’s Ju Ju Eyeballs pushed past pacesetter
Funfair in mid-stretch before drawing away to a nearly two-length score in the
$60,000 Crank It Up Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday before a crowd of
Jason Servis, Ju Ju Eyeballs stepped the 5 ½ furlongs over a “good” turf course
in 1:04 1/5 and paid $9.80, $4.60 and $3.20.
Fearless Jacq completed the $33.40 exacta and returned $3.60 and
$3.20. It was another three-quarters of
a length back to Jewel of the Cat, who paid $3.80 to show. Funfair, the 2-1 favorite, faded to fourth.
“I had good
position on the backstretch but got bumped badly at the 3/8ths pole,” said
winning jockey Paco Lopez. “I went wide and that was it. I had a lot of horse under me and he took
3-year-old filly by Gators N Bears from the Smarten mare Savvy Lady, Ju Ju
Eyeballs sports a record of 5-1-1 from nine starts, good for earnings of
continues at Monmouth on Sunday, June 16 – Father’s Day. Gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.