Monmouth Park to open thoroughbred season on Saturday

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — Monmouth Park will open its thoroughbred meet on Saturday with an 11-race card that features the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes.

More than 100 horses were entered for the races, with the Decathlon for 3-year-olds and up drawing a field of eight, including last year’s winner A.P. Indian.

A.P. Indian has raced just three times since winning the Decathlon at odds of 2-1. His last outing was Oct. 2 at Keeneland in the Grade 3 Phoenix, finishing fifth to Runhappy.

The morning-line favorite is trainer David Jacobson’s Seeking the Sherif, who has won both his starts this year and earned $54,000.

Delta Bluesman also should attract attention, coming off a front-running win in a six-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream last month in 1:08.80. The 6-year-old is a two-time winner over this track.

The stakes schedule for the meet is led by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 31. Other major stakes include the $300,000 United Nations on July 4th weekend.

Green Gratto by a head in Aqueduct’s Toboggan Stakes

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NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.

The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.

The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.

The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.

Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.

All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.

Lockdown wins by 2 1/2 lengths in Aqueduct’s Busanda Stakes

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NEW YORK (AP) Lockdown won her stakes debut Sunday, beating Libby’s Tail by 2+ lengths in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

Libby’s Tail, the 3-5 favorite, set the pace with Lockdown right behind before taking charge and turning for home.

Kendrick Carmouche rode for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Lockdown got her second win in three starts.

“She has such a long stride, you just have to time her run and she’ll take you home from there,” Carmouche said.

The time was 1:44.75 for the one mile, 70 yards.

Lockdown, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.60, $2.50 and $2.10. Libby’s Tail returned $2.30 and $2.10 and No Sweat paid $3.20 to show.