Oceanport, N.J. – Two W
Stable’s Easy Money will be looking for $60,000 in cold hard cash, representing
the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse in Monday’s Sorority Stakes when
2-year-old fillies sprint six furlongs over the main track. Monday also marks a special holiday card at Monmouth Park with nine live races complimented
by the BBQ and Craft Beer Festival.
With Nik Juarez set to do the piloting, Easy Money will
break from post three as she makes her third trip to the post.
“She’s doing very well,” said trainer Anthony Margotta
Jr., who’s winning at better than 20% this meet. “She was a private purchase from John Shaw
earlier this year. We sent her to
Crupi’s New Castle
and then brought her up here.”
So far that formula has led to a debut win on June 11 at
Parx and a stakes placing at Delaware
last out on Aug. 3. The daughter of Into
Mischief from the Roman Ruler mare Roman Bluff sports a pair of works since her
last start, the most recent on Aug. 29 going four furlongs over the fast
Monmouth track in :49 4/5.
“This filly just keeps getting better,” Margotta
said. “She’s moving forward everyday and
should put in another solid performance on Monday.”
Favoritism in Monday’s 62nd renewal of the
Sorority belongs to Made Me Shiver, who ships in from Saratoga for trainer Steven Asmussen. Installed at 8-5 on Brad Thomas’ morning
line, Made Me Shiver exits a fourth place finish in the Schuylerville last
out. She and jockey Antonio Gallardo
will break from post four in the field of eight.
The BBQ and Craft Beer Festival gets underway right when
the gates open on Monday at 11:30 a.m. and runs through 5:30 p.m.
For $10 fans 21 and over can enjoy ten 2 ounce samples of
their favorites in a commemorative mini-Pilsner glass.
In addition, the best in the BBQ biz will be on-hand
featuring their culinary treats, including Chop Shop BBQ, Local Smoke BBQ, One Big
Party BBQ and Surf BBQ, who will be joined by crowd favorites Enzo’s Pizza,
Dark Side of the Moo, El Lechon de Negron and Jack’s Goal Line Stand, to name
but a few.
Following the Labor Day card, live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturdays and Sundays throughout
September, with closing day slated for Sunday, Sept. 25 after which
Thoroughbreds head north for 14 all-turf days at the Meadowlands beginning on
Wednesday, Sept. 28.