Hop Skip and Away First In Friday Feature

Saturday, November 12, 2011

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Hop Skip and Away came with a four wide rally before posting a head victory in the $46,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Friday. 

            Trained by Joe Pierce Jr. and ridden by Pedro Cotto Jr., Hop Skip and Away covered the six furlongs  over a fast main track in 1:10 4/5.  The winner returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of five runners.  Galaxy Kat completed the $22.40 exacta and paid $5.80 and $2.80.  It was another length and a quarter back to Raging Six, who paid $2.20 to show. 

            Friday’s win was the seventh in 43 starts for Hop Skip and Away, a 6-year-old gelding by Gold Fever from the Gulch mare Wingspread. 

            Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturday, Nov. 12 – gates open at 11:30 a.m., first post 12:15 p.m.