One month into the Monmouth Park live-racing meet, here’s a horse betting primer for New Jersey online bettors.
Give close wagering considerations to trainers Jose Delgado, Kelly Breen, and Wayne Potts, who have stood out above the rest.
Apply the same edge to jockeys Jose Ferrer, Nik Juarez, Paco Lopez, and Isaac Castillo, who have been the top riders.
These names will be on the radar of Garden State gamblers, who can attend cards at the Oceanport facility. It’s located off of Garden State Parkway exit 105. Races take place Fridays at 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 12:15 p.m.
They can also access the action at 4NJBETS, powered by TVG.
The reason to know the leaders, especially in a bunched pack, concerns the release date of race entries. Gamblers may not know how many mounts top trainers and jockeys are placing in the races until a day or two beforehand.
But the top names will be sprinkled throughout the cards. And they will garner betting respect, especially when a top jockey like Juarez rides for a trainer like Breen.
Delgado Sizzling with smaller barn
Delgado has been a high-efficiency trainer. He has the most winners, 11, while Breen has nine winners, more mounts, and a leading $337,000.
Delgado has earned $252,000 with far fewer chances.
After winning with four of his six starters last weekend, Delgado is winning at a sparkling 35% clip.
Although he is on pace to easily surpass his victory total from 2020 at Monmouth, Delgado is losing some opportunities because many of his horses are being claimed away.
The “claiming” level of racing features horses who can be bought or sold, just as one would handle stock options. A trainer may purchase a horse for $10,000 for example, win a couple of races, and move him into a $15,000 claiming event.
This process happens before the race.
Will Delgado ‘keep winning?’
Delgado said he started the meet with 30 horses and is now down to 22 because of the claiming process.
Delgado said this week he will probably have five horses running for the three racing days at Monmouth. He also noted some of the other trainers will have 10 horses starting.
“When I had 30 horses, there was no problem. Now I currently train 22 horses,” said Delgado.
“… I am going to continue to give it a shot and, hopefully, we’ll keep the horses healthy and sound and we’ll keep winning. That is the main thing.”
Delgado, Breen, and Potts will command wagering respect. Bettors can view that as a sign that a horse is ready to run or is possibly being overplayed.
Excellent weekend opportunities abound at Monmouth Park
Friday features a large field for the third race, a 1 1–6-mile turf race at 6 p.m. Sixteen horses have been nominated and there will probably be room for 10.
This race has no clear-cut favorite and should pay well.
The initial Goldwood Stakes, a $75,000 event, is the feature on the card. Caravel, a 4-year-old filly bred, owned and trained by Elizabeth Merryman, is the early favorite at 5-2.
The Goldwood, set for five furlongs on the grass, has attracted a field of eight and headlines a six-race twilight card.
Miss Auramet, trained by Kathleen O’Connell, comes off an impressive win in the slop in the Politely Stakes on May 30 at Monmouth Park. That race was originally scheduled for the turf.
Caravel’s credentials, though, stack up with any of the fillies or mares in the race. She is 5-for-7 lifetime with two thirds. Her only defeats coming on a yielding turf and a good turf.
Saturday features a big 12-race card, including the $75,000 Boiling Springs Stakes.
Monmouth Park’s changing dynamics
Monmouth Park is known as a “speed” track, favoring the early front-runners, but larger fields and a good lineup of turf races have given the track’s racing style more depth.
Some horses have made dramatic winning surges from the back of the pack.
It happened on the turf last Friday when Ninja Dust rallied from last to first in the homestretch, prevailing at 9-2. Castillo, Juarez, and Lopez ran 1-2-3 for players who like to back the jockey angle.
Several other races last weekend saw horses win from the stalk position after breaking third or fourth.
And the all-time rally created the race of the meet on June 12.
Informative, a 79-1 longshot, blew up the board in the Salvator Mile.
Informative rallied from dead-last in the 10-horse field to overtake the entire group in the homestretch. He nipped Ny Traffic, the 4-5 shot and runner-up to 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic in the 2020 Haskell at Monmouth.
The $2 exacta with Informative and NY Traffic paid $597.40. The $1 trifecta with Galerio third returned $1,389.
It was difficult to have forecast Informative’s feat, but here is how some bettors may have collected: taking NY Traffic in a $1 trifecta key, first and second, and picking the right longshot to finish on top.
Watch for some big fields in the 10-horse neighborhood throughout the weekend at Monmouth Park. They are producing payouts. Don’t be afraid to include those longshots.
The $1 million Haskell Stakes is July 17. Still too early to confirm the field but Mandaloun won the Pegasus Stakes, a Haskell prep.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has not indicated whether he’ll enter a horse, but he will certainly enhance the marquee if he does.
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