From a Monmouth Park release
Trainer Chuck Spina will certainly be busy in the paddock for Saturday’s Jersey Juvenile Stakes when he saddles three entrants in the final stakes event of the 2014 racing season.
Spina’s trio starts off in the four-post, in the overflowing field of 13, with Light’s Gone Wild, who is a maiden looking to make his first score in the $60,000 six furlong contest for registered New Jersey-bred 2-year-olds.
“He’s a very solid horse,” said Spina. “He was right up there with Mr. Jordan last out, and he’s one of the top 2-year-olds out there.”
Light’s Gone Wild has raced twice, finishing fifth in his debut on Aug. 23 and then third last out on Sept. 14. The colt by Wildcat Heir from the Mr. Greely mare Slow Green Light, will have Jose Ferrer back aboard in Saturday’s stakes.
Three posts further out is Distinctivelyfouru, who also makes his third career start on Saturday.
“He’s a huge horse, 17 hands,” Spina said. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a 2-year-old this big. He’s got a nice long stride and the added distance can only help. I think he’ll be right off the speed and come with his run yet again.”
Spina’s final entrant, Unruly Heir, will come from post nine with Navin Mangalee aboard.
“He’s one dimensional,” said Spina. “He’ll be headed for the lead, that’s his style. He ran really good last out. He was real game. If he runs back to that race he could be right there.”
A son of Wildcat Heir from the Unbridled Jet mare Double Fling, Unruly Heir is among six maidens heading into the Jersey Juvenile.
“I think all three of them have a chance,” Spina said. “It’s a tough race, wide open, but I like my chances.”
All three of Spina’s entrants were bred by Joseph and Gayle Ioia and Distinctivelyfouru races in their colors.
The Jersey Juvenile goes as Saturday’s ninth race on a 10-race program, which serves as the penultimate day of live racing at the 2014 Monmouth Park meet.