September 19 racing highlights: Navarro sets MTH record

by | Sep 19, 2016 | Breaking, Racing, Regionwide

In the Fairway won the Frank Gall Memorial Stakes at Charles Town on Saturday. Photo by Coady Photography.

From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Monmouth win record for Navarro

From a Monmouth Park release

Trainer Jorge Navarro saddled his 56th winner of the Monmouth Park meet when Go Trumpy Go captured the final race on the Sunday program, giving the 41-year-old conditioner the new record for most wins in a single season at the Jersey Shore racetrack.

The previous record was established by John Tammaro III in 1974, during a 60-day meet, and equaled one year later by J. Willard Thompson when the racing season spanned 75 days.  Since then the only two trainers reached the 50 win mark – Mark Shuman with 50 in 2003 and Bruce Levine with 54 in 2008.  Navarro had captured 47 wins in 2013, 43 in 2014 and 42 last year.

“I’m so proud of this accomplishment,” said Navarro, a native of Panama, who’s been leading trainer at Monmouth since 2013.  “I couldn’t be more thankful to the owners that have given me the opportunity to train their horses.  My entire crew works very hard and we will enjoy this moment for a long time to come.”

Navarro entered the penultimate weekend of live racing with 51 victories.  He captured a pair of races on Saturday’s program and scored a hat trick on Sunday’s card, culminated by Go Trumpy Go’s wire-to-wire win in the finale.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Handle

  • Laurel Park: $1,766,580
  • Monmouth Park: $1,915,192
  • Parx Racing: $802,406

TODAY’S ACTION

  • Tracks in action: Delaware Park, Parx Racing
  • Delaware Park’s featured eighth race is a $36,000 allowance test going six furlongs on the main track.  Lael Stables runner Futile (3-2), a first out winner at Laurel Park who followed that up with a third-place finish against similar over the Delaware strip, is favored.  Trevor McCarthy will ride for trainer Arnaud Delacour.  Though neither trainer Hernan Parra (8 percent wins in 2016) nor rider Diego Gomez (7 percent in 2016) is winning at a high percentage, together they have struck 19 percent of the time over the last two months. They team up again here, with Yo Soy El Lobo (8-1), who closed nicely to break his maiden last out over the strip.
  • Though just six will face the starter in Parx Racing’s sixth race, a $44,000 PA-bred allowance, you can make a case for several here. Favored Infinite Fiesta (2-1) enters with two straight wins, one against state-breds and one against open rivals over the strip; Angel Rodriguez will ride for trainer Marcos Zulueta.  Among his rivals is Monkey’s Medal (6-1), a Medallist gelding. The Michael Gorham trainee was third against stiff competition last out in the state-bred Roanoke Stakes; Sheldon Russell will ride.