NAVARRO BRINGS DUO INTO NEW JERSEY
trainer at the meet Jorge Navarro sends a pair, Visionary Ruler and Chublicious,
to the gate for the $60,000 New Jersey Breeders Handicap going six furlongs at Monmouth Park.
is exiting a run in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga on July 30 behind multiple graded
stakes winner AP Indian. His last two starts prior to his first attempt in
graded stakes company resulted in stakes wins over the Monmouth main track in
the John J. Reilly and the Mr. Prospector Stakes.
really travel well to Saratoga,
but now he has a short walk to the paddock and he loves the track,” said
Navarro. “He has been training really well coming into the race.”
David Gruskos, the 5-year-old gelding by Hey Chub out of the Arch mare Sassy
Broad has made nine career starts at Monmouth
Park, hitting the board
in each of them including six wins.
has worked twice over the track since his latest start with the most recent
coming on Aug. 21 when he went four furlongs in:48 2/5, seventh fastest of the
91 who went the distance on that day.
Gallardo, who has been aboard in his last three starts, get the mount on
other entry in the field, also owned by Gruskos, Visionary Ruler, is coming out
of a length and a half score in a $30,000 allowance optional claiming event
over a sloppy Monmouth main track on Haskell Day.
with him is to go right from the gate,” said Navarro. ‘We gave him some time
leading up to his last race and he really didn’t like the slop too much. He had
a nice work from the gate the other day and will be tough.”
horse by Pollard’s Vision out of the Langfuhr mare Empress Gracie has worked
once since that Haskell Day start, going four furlongs from the gate in :48 1/5
on Aug.14, sixth fastest horse out of 53 to go the distance on that day.
of the Navarro starters to grab the New Jersey Breeders title, they will have
to beat Green Gratto, for Grant Gaston, who is looking for back-to-back stakes
wins after taking the Hockessin Stakes at Delaware Park
on July 16.
Jersey Breeders Handicap will be one of three stakes for New Jersey breds on Sunday’s 11-race card
and is set as race 4. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled for