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Mass Invasion and Call Pat Seek Stakes Win In Monmouth Beach

Posted Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mass Invasion goes for her second career score at Monmouth in Sunday’s Monmouth Beach Stakes, as rival Call Pat makes her first stakes try in her Oceanport debut.  Coming off of a second place finish at Oaklawn Park, Call Pat will join stakes company for the first time as she and a field of nine fillies and mares travel a mile and 70 yards along Monmouth’s main track.  A 4-year-old daughter of Lawyer Ron, out of First Song, Call Pat will make her first start for trainer Jorge Navarro looking to claim the winner’s share of the $75,000 purse.  “She came into our barn about two months ago,” Navarro said. “She’s training good, we took our time with her.” Call Pat worked on the Monmouth track for the second time on May 18, breezing six furlongs in 1:16 flat after going five furlongs out of the gate in 1:01 flat on May 10.  “She likes it here,” Navarro said. “She’s working super over here, she’s really taken to the track well.” Call Pat will be joined by the Luis Carvajal, Jr. trained Mass Invasion in Sunday’s feature, who is looking to rebound off of an eighth place finish at Gulfstream Park and earn her second win in her seventh start at Monmouth Park.  A 5-year-old mare by Mass Media, out of Alien Ruckus, Mass Invasion returned to Monmouth in April and has been training here since.  “I think she likes the track,” Carvajal said. “She’s hard to train because she doesn’t show much on the workouts but that doesn’t mean she’s going to go slow. I know since she got here she’s been happy.”  Mass Invasion has worked three times along the Monmouth track since arriving in Oceanport, most recently breezing five furlongs in 1:04 4/5 on May 19. As for the pace in the race, both Carvajal and Navarro expect to see their entries sitting off of the speed.  “She’ll be sitting four or five back, and try and make one run,” said Navarro of Call Pat.  Carvajal, however seems to have taken a more flexible approach to race strategy.  “It all depends on how the race develops,” Carvajal said. “If it’s a fast pace she’ll be sitting a few back, but if it’s a little slower she’ll be close.”  Abel Castellano Jr. will ride Mass Invasion, as Eddie Castro gets the mount aboard Call Pat. The Monmouth Beach will go as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card.  

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