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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.