Ride Ride Ride looks for his first win in over a year when
he goes into the gate with nine rivals in the $60,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap
going a mile and a sixteenth on Sunday at Monmouth Park.
doing great,” said John Tammaro III, who owns and trains the horse. “We’ve
given him some time off and he always seems to run well fresh.”
6-year-old gelding by Candy Ride out of the Smart Strike mare Smart N Sassy
made his last start in the allowance optional claiming ranks on the turf where
he finished sixth behind Charles Hesse III rival Jersey Blues.
his most recent outing, Ride Ride Ride finished second in back-to-back claiming
races, one at Monmouth and the other at Tampa Bay Downs.
Ride last found the winner’s circle in July 2015 when he scored a 6 ¾ length
win in a $50,000 allowance event for New Jersey breds, beating another rival he
will face on Sunday in Cheddar Chub.
Ride has worked three times since his latest start. He was the lone runner to
go seven furlongs over the Monmouth main track on Aug. 17 when he went the
distance in 1:30 2/5.
was just to get him ready to run,” said Tammaro in reference to his last work.
“He does have some speed, but he has come from off the pace as well. That’s
when we are just going to see how he breaks. We don’t want him going too wide
into the first turn.”
To take the
Charles Hesse III crown, Ride Ride Ride will have to beat Don’s Marsh, who will
be breaking from the rail for trainer Terri Pompay. Don’s Marsh has won three of his five starts
over the Monmouth dirt this meet. Dan Horn champion and Jason Servis trainee
Fuzzy Muzzle looks to make it back-to-back wins the Charles Hesse III, taking
last year’s edition from off the pace by 4 ¼ lengths.
Hesse III is set to go as race 10 on Sunday’s 11-race card which includes two
other stakes for New Jersey
breds earlier in the card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled
for 12:50 p.m.