After earning his third Monmouth Park training title, Kelly Breen looks to pick up where he left off in the nine-day Meadowlands-at-Monmouth Park meet which gets underway Saturday, October 3.
Breen finished the Monmouth Park meet capturing both stakes races on closing day last Sunday. This weekend he will send out the mare TRACY ANN'S LEGACY against the boys in the Virgil "Buddy" Raines Stakes. The headliner is worth $75,000 and is one of nine stakes races that will be contested over the meet. It is scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass.
"She was entered (today) in the Very One Stakes at Pimlico, but with the protocols of having to be in a couple of days in advance and with the help not being able to come back to Monmouth Park immediately it made it tough for us to run at Pimlico," Breen said of TRACY ANN'S LEGACY, who was claimed three starts ago for $22,000. "She's ready to run and this race is here so we'll try her against the boys."
Kelly Breen had 32 winners over the 36-day Monmouth Park meet and earned his first training title since 2006. He has four horses entered the first day of the new meet.
The Meadowlands-at-Monmouth meet will continue with live racing on Sunday, October 4th is for switching to a Wednesday and Saturday schedule through October 24th there will also be a live holiday program on Monday, October 12th. The nine stakes races will be worth $900,000 and highlighted by the grade 3 Monmouth stakes on October 10th. Post time will be 12:50 pm each day of the meet.
The Raines Stakes Will have a field of 8 3-year-olds and up as well as three main track only entrants. Breen has been trying to get TRACY ANN'S LEGACY back on the turf after claiming her, as she has a 5-2-3 record of 11 starts on the turf. The SHACKLEFORD daughter has a record of 7-6-3 from 19 starts overall.
"We've only been able to run her on the dirt for the two starts I've had her and there is a chance of rain on Friday," said Breen. "I'm not looking for another off-the-turf but if it were to happen it wouldn't be the worst thing for us. But looking at her form she seems to like the grass even better than the dirt. Either way, we're looking for a good effort from her."
"I don't normally run fillies against the boys but this happens to be in our backyard and we're walking out of the stall without having to ship anywhere," said Breen. "So we'll try it."
TRACY ANN'S LEGACY is owned by Kenwood Racing LLC. She will be ridden by Jose Ferrer.
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