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Hermosillo Tries The Grass For The First Time

Posted Thursday, Aug 9, 2012

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Hermosillo did enough on the main track to win New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year honors in 2011 and now the eight-year-old gelding will give the turf a try for the first time. Trainer Stephen DiMauro has entered him in Friday’s $46,000 allowance optional claiming feature.

            “He’s never run on grass before, but it’s worth a try,” said assistant trainer Nick Galati. “If he doesn’t like it, that’s okay.”

            Hermosillo, who is owned by Kenwood Racing LLC and was bred by Eddie Broome, has earned that right. In 64 career starts, he has won 11 times and brought home checks totaling $636,811. In addition to the state breeding program honors he’s captured, he’s also a model for a line of horse blankets.

            “He knows what the story is and when it’s time to go to work. The only thing he doesn’t know is how old he is. He looks like a million bucks. He’s a star and he knows it,” said Galati. “He loves to be fussed over and is still a very kind horse, but he’s tough coming off the track in the mornings.”

            While the racing surface may be new to him, the 1 1/16 miles distance of the race should be right in his wheelhouse. During a three-race win streak here last season, he won two races, including the $100,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap, at that distance.

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