Barn Notes

Monmouth Based Sprinters Compete in Gallant Bob Stakes

Posted Friday, Sep 21, 2012

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            Only two months ago, Raging Daoust raced with a $10,000 claiming tag. On Saturday, he’ll appear on the national stage when he takes on graded stakes winners in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes for 3-year-olds at Parx Racing.

            “The race came up pretty salty, but I have confidence in my horse,” said Charles “Buddy” Carlesimo, Jr., who put the halter on Raging Daoust and brought him back to his barn after that win at Monmouth on June 23. “Since I claimed him, he has done nothing wrong and everything right.”

            Indeed. The gelded son of Kafwain out of the Caveat mare Champagne Forever has raced three times, all at six furlongs on the dirt, all at Monmouth Park while going through his conditions and he has returned to the winner’s circle each time.

            “I hoped he’d be a good claim, but I didn’t expect it to turn out like this,” said the affable trainer, who didn’t even have to win a shake to get him.

            In the Gallant Bob, Raging Daoust will have to battle with multiple graded stakes winners Trinniberg and Currency Swap as those two renew the heated rivalry they’ve been engaging in this year and last. Grade 1 winner Currency Swap is trained by Monmouth-based Terri Pomay, but it is another locally-based runner who may figure prominently in the outcome of the race.

            Well Spelled, winner of the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes here two starts back on July 14 for trainer Ben Perkins, Jr., is ideally suited to the distance while Trinniberg and Currency Swap have only won at 6 ½ or 7 furlongs. Moreover, if those two hook up in another of their noted speed duels, the hot pace could favor a closer like Well Spelled.

              Well Spelled, a son of Grade 2 winner Spellbinder, also has the advantage of a win over the Parx surface and at the distance in an allowance race this past April.


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