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Farro Has A Double-Barrelled Shot in Sunday Feature

Posted Saturday, Sep 22, 2012

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If one tough hombre is good, two are better and that’s why Patricia Farro will lead a pair of recent claims over to the paddock for Sunday’s featured $34,000 allowance/optional claiming affair.

            Rustler Hustler was haltered for $32,000 two starts back at Monmouth Park when Bill Mott ran him for owner Paul Pompa, Jr. and Sunshine Rambler was claimed for $25,000 from trainer Jorge Navarro last time out. Now both are back wearing a $32,000 tag and Rustler Hustler should go postward at a short price in the field of eight racing a flat mile on the turf course.

            “Rustler Hustler didn’t break good when we ran him at Belmont (in a $50,000 optional claiming race when he finished fifth last out on September 16) so I expect him to run better in this spot,” said Mike Farro, who is the assistant to his wife. “We’ve got Joe Bravo back riding him for this race and that’s a plus. He knows this horse. They both try hard and I expect them both to run good.”

            Rustler Hustler’s bad break from the gate essentially did him in from the start. The 4-year-old colt by Ecton Park out of the Cozzene Mare Cozzy Temper has performed well in turf stakes in the past, including a fourth place finish in the Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga Race Course last summer.

            Moreover, Rustler Hustler loves the Monmouth grass course, having won twice here in three starts and that only loss was in last year’s Jersey Derby. As a 2-year-old, he captured the Continental Mile Stakes on the Monmouth course.

            The Italian-bred Masterel will be making just his second North American start in Sunday’s feature and the 3-year-old colt is taking a class drop from the $100,000 Capital City Strakes at Belmont last out on August 18, where he finished last on a turf course rated as soft.

            Trainer Graham Motion trains Masterel, who was a stakes winner in his native land, for owner Earle Mack.


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