ANDREZ CONQUIST set the Monmouth Park payout record winning the 13th race today at Monmouth at 158-1 odds ridden by jockey Tomas Mejia. The win paid bettors a record $319. The biggest win price in 75 years.
ANDREZ CONQUIST is owned and trained by Melvin Ovando. The victory resulted in a Pick 5 carryover of $34,067 that will be part of a mandatory payout on closing day, Sunday. There is also a mandatory payout on the Jersey Shore Pick 6 with a carryover of $3,766.
"I don't know what to say. Wow," Mejia said after learning of the record-setting win. "They told me all the other jockeys that have ridden this horse have wanted to come from behind. The trainer said 'get him close to the lead this time.' So I was able to sit behind (THE MORMON MAULER) for most of the race and then he just finished strong. I don't know what else to say."
"My agent called me and told me I picked up a mount in the 13th race and I said ‘okay, that sounds good,' " said Mejia. "Then I looked and saw it was a longshot. But it was okay because I have ridden for Ovando before."
ANDREZ CONQUIST entered with 0-6 lifetime record, never finishing better than sixth.