Over 10K Pour Into Monmouth Park For Opening Day Card; Ribo Bobo Takes Decathlon Stakes By 1 1/2 Lengths

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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With a crowd of 10,168 pouring through the gates, Monmouth Park rolled out a successful Opening Day as Ribo Bobo posted a length and a half win in the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes, feature on the 12-race program.   

            “What a great start to what we hope is an even greater racing season,” said Dennis Drazin, advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Darby Development, LLC, operators of Monmouth Park.  “If the enthusiasm of today’s crowd is any indication of the meet ahead of us, we can stamp it a success right now.”

            Saturday’s attendance represented a 5.5% increase over last year’s figure of 9,636.

            Dispatched the 3-2 favorite, Ribo Bobo sat just off the early pace of Joe Tess, who carved out fractions of :21 3/5 for the first quarter and :44 for the half.  Nearing the top of the stretch, Ribo Bobo, in his usual self, drifted out before taking command in the lane and drawing clear, stopping the timer in 1:09 1/5.

            “He’s just a really nice horse,” said winning jockey Paco Lopez.  “I know him really well and I knew he was the fastest horse out of the gate and fastest in the race.  I just let him sit right off in the first part of the race.  He tends to get out just a little bit around the turn, but I expected it because I know him so well.”

            Trained by Jason Servis, Ribo Bobo has won three of his four starts this year and 10 times since being claimed for $6,250 on Feb. 21, 2013.  Six of those victories have been in stakes races.

            Joe Tess completed the $62.40 exacta and paid $11.20 and $8.20.  It was another 2 ¼ lengths back to Be Bullish, who paid $8.20 to show.

            A 6-year-old gelding by Louis Quatorze from the Private Terms mare Private Prom Party, Ribo Bobo races in the colors of Mr. Amore Stable.

            Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Mother’s Day, with a 12-race program.  Gates open 11:30 a.m. with first post set for 12:50 p.m.