Barn Notes

Wicked Tune Seeks Fourth Straight in My Frenchman

Posted Thursday, Aug 1, 2013

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Wicked Tune is coming off of his third straight win after only four starts since moving to the barn of trainer Jane Cibelli. He will look to continue his success for owner Patricia Generazio as he fights for the winner’s share of the $60,000 purse in Saturday’s My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth.

“I train for the Generazio’s, who have a lot of horses,” said Cibelli, “and the reason I got the horse is because I was going to Tampa and Gulfstream. Bruce (former trainer Alexander) stayed up here last winter, so the horse came to me.”

            A 6-year old horse by Concorde’s Tune out of Pretty Wicked, Wicked Tune won by an impressive four lengths in his last outing in an optional claiming event at Delaware Park (July 15), stepping five furlongs in :57 3/5 on turf rated as good. He has trained well for Cibelli leading up to this Saturday’s 5 ½ furlongs grass sprint, posting a sharp four furlong breeze in :48 1/5 along Monmouth’s turf course on July 25.   

            Cibelli believes that the strategy is clear for the My Frenchman, a race Wicked Tune lost by a neck in 2011, but says that the added distance is the true obstacle in the race.

“Coming out of the one hole he’s obviously the speed. He’s fast,” Cibelli said. “The problem is going to be the 5 1/2 rather than the 5/8ths. Five furlongs is a better distance for him so he’s going to have to be patient. It’s going to be a rider’s race. He’s not going to come from off the pace coming out of the one hole, but he’s going to have to watch his fractions and save a little for the extra 16th.”    

            Elvis Trujillo has the mount on Wicked Tune for the My Frenchman, which will go as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card at Monmouth.


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