Srumdiddlyumptious proved to be more than a handful for the
gate crew before the race, but dominated after the starting bell, going gate to
wire in Sunday’s $60,000 Fort Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park.
the best horse loading into the gate,” said trainer Kelly John Breen, “but when
he comes out he moves fast. Some of the speed horses were out so we told Elvis
to go to the front. That was it.”
Srumdiddlyumptious, who stepped the
5 ½ furlongs over a fast main trackin 1:02 3/5, paid $4.60, $3.40, and $2.60
after coasting to victory by 8 ¼ lengths. Spun Silky completed the $45.20 exacta
and paid $12.20 and $5.00. It was another 2 ¼ lengths back to Queen Chatanika,
who paid $3.20 to show.
“He’s never acted up that badly behind the
gate,” said winning jockey Elvis Trujillo. “The hardest part today was getting
him in. Once the gates opened I pointed him to the lead and let him carry me
A 4-year-old filly by Roman Ruler from
the Hennessy mare Livealifeoflove, Srumdiddlyumptious has won five of his 11
starts and earned $230,610 for owners George and Lori Hall.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, June 9 – gates open at
10 a.m. with first post set for 12:50 p.m. as the racetrack plays host to the
43rd annual Irish Festival.