to celebrate Columbus Day with a trip to the winner’s circle will be trainer
Pat McBurney, who is set to saddle longshot Coco Delite in the Monday feature
at the Meadowlands, a $30,000 allowance/optional claiming event at five
furlongs on turf.
been real good around the barn since we got her,” said McBurney, “so let’s hope
it all goes well on Monday.”
Through her last start on Sept. 14 of this year, Coco
Delite was under the care of trainer Mary Eppler.
got her with the specific intent of running her up at the Meadowlands,”
explained McBurney. “She’s a Jersey-bred
so there’s another race for her up here after this one, but for now we’ll take
it a race at a time.”
Delite, a 4-year-old daughter of Crafty Fried from the Lost Code mare Winged
Delite, has won two of her 11 career starts with both victories coming on the
turf. Three back at Monmouth Coco Delite
was able to shake free of her rivals early and held clear all the way to the
wire to upset her foes at 10-1.
According to the trainer, she’ll look to duplicate that effort on
“She has natural speed and we put the bug boy aboard to
get off even more weight,” McBurney said.
“Hopefully she gets out of the gate good and does her thing from there.”
Jockey Jonathan Zayas, a seven-pound apprentice, has the
call as the pair will break from post 10, the far outside in the field.
Monday’s Columbus Day card gets underway at 2:15 p.m.
with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. The
all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands Thoroughbred meet runs through Nov. 2 with
live cards on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, with the exception of Oct. 21,
which will be a dark day.
For more information visit www.monmouthpark.com.