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O'Connell Looks To Upset Verrazano And Itsmyluckyday In Pegasus

Saturday, June 15, 2013

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In addition to favorites Verrazano and Itsmyluckyday in Sunday’s Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park, a pair from the barn of trainer Kathleen O’Connell will appear in the program, but the actual race will have just one.  But which one?   

            “We’re planning on running one,” said O’Connell, who’s spending her first summer at Monmouth Park, “but I need to talk to the owner to decide which one. Both are doing great. It’s a big advantage to have them stabled here and just be able to walk out of the barn right to the race.”

            The two entered for owner Gilbert Campbell are Reporting Star, who would break from post four and Kanturk Kid, who has drawn post position seven, the far outside.  Jockey Angel Serpa is listed on both entrants.

            A 3-year-old gelding by Circular Quay, Reporting Star has finished in the money in five of his seven starts and is coming off of two solid third place finishes at Calder – the Calder Derby on April 6 and most recently the Mambo Meister Stakes on May 12.

            “He ran a great race in the Calder Derby,” O’Connell said. “I can’t say that he’s a better turf horse than dirt though. He’s only been on the Calder main track and that surface is completely different than this one. Angel Serpa’s been on him for both works here and said he really liked the surface.”

            Reporting Star had mirror works of :49 1/5 here on June 2 and June 12.  His lone main track try was in the Calder Derby.

            Kanturk Kid, a 3-year-old gelding by Act of Duty was a close fourth to stablemate Reporting Star in the Mambo Meister. Kanturk Kid does have more experience on dirt surfaces, having taken his maiden at first asking last August at Calder and finishing in the money in three of four tries on the main track.

Since arriving at Monmouth last month, Kanturk Kid shows two works, including a nice :47 four furlongs, handily on June 2.   

            “He’s shown good versatility,” said O’Connell of Kanturk Kid.  “He’s real sharp right now so he would probably be close to the pace if he runs.”

            The $150,000 Pegasus Stakes goes as the 11th race on a 12-race Father’s Day card.

             

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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