With his top two Jersey-breds training well after wintering in Florida, and with Monmouth Park starting its second weekend of racing, Kelly Breen recognized it was time to locate a spot for both steeds to get their 2022 projects underway.
It just takes place to be the very same spot.
Half-brothers Pickin’ Time and Royal Urn, both from Breen’s barn, head an area of 10 state-breds going six furlongs in Sunday’s included $85,000 John J. Reilly Handicap at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey.
Pickin’ Time, a winner of $434,325 from 13 career starts, will note his 4-year-old debut in the race after being off considering Nov. 27.
Royal Urn, whose last beginning remained in the John J. Reilly on July 4 in 2015, will certainly look to add to his job revenues of $294,920 as he starts his 6-year-old project.
Both equines are out of the mare Born to Nobility and also both were reproduced and are possessed by John Bowers, Jr.
” Both have actually been breezing five-eighths in Florida and they’re ready to go,” claimed Breen, who is seeking his 4th Monmouth Park training title. “We simply didn’t have a possibility to get one (race) in before this. We have actually been sitting and awaiting both of them to get going.”
Pickin’ Time, a son of Stay Thirsty, was fourth in 2015’s Quality 1 Haskell Stakes and also second in the G2 Gallant Bob in 2015. He won the G3 Nashua Stakes in 2020.
Paco Lopez, going for his nine Monmouth Park riding title, has the place.
” Pickin’ Time has been succeeding,” stated Breen. “There are times when he might require a race (off a layoff). We’re hoping he is ready currently. With the competition he might have returned against somewhere else he may have needed a race. This could be a class relief to run versus Jersey-bred risks equines instead of open stakes steeds.
” Yet this is a high-quality area, as well. He is going to need to have his running shoes on.”
The area consists of the seasonal launching of 7-year-old Golden Brown, that will certainly be seeking his seventh Jersey-bred stakes victory in a career that has seen the son of Offlee Wild earn $744,620. It might likewise include No Cents, who was 4-for-5 as a 2-year-old in 2020 yet was unraced in 2015, with trainer Cal Lynch claiming he is “50-50” on the colt’s return in this area.
Royal Urn, a boy of Kantharos who was winless in 5 begins a year earlier, won 3 Jersey-bred stakes races in 2020, including the John J. Reilly Handicap. Breen will be giving a leg up on that particular one to Jose Gomez, his former workout rider who remains in his first full year of riding. Gomez, whose representative is Hall of Popularity jockey Angel Cordero, Jr., has breezed via his pupil weight allowances with 67 successes this year.
” Jose breezed Royal Urn every one of in 2015,” said Breen. “Recognizing we had Paco Lopez for Pickin’ Time I assumed it would be a good possibility for Jose to find back to Monmouth Park. He is doing well in New York, riding steeds for us. I think he will be at Monmouth occasionally.”
Monmouth Park’s 10-race card on Saturday will be highlighted by the $100,000 Long Branch Risks for 3-year-olds as well as the $85,000 Spruce Fir for Jersey-bred fillies as well as mares 3 and up going 6 furlongs.