It was most definitely an interesting sight to see horse racing without a whip. Many jockeys chose to not even carry them, while others did have them in hand as a safety precaution but were unable to utilize them. It did make for some interesting stretch runs and a lot of "hand riding" in the sense that you could see the jockeys doing all they could to urge the horses into more speed with their hands and reins. While there was a closer here and there the majority of the winners did seem to be those who got to the lead first or at least close to the front runner with many pulling away to win by several lengths at the wire.
The first winner of the meet was the #5 TAP THE BARREL with Christian Navarro aboard. Coming from last to first, he took the lead mid-stretch and pulled away by half a length for the win.
$100K Jersey Derby
The $100,000 Jersey Derby was won by IT'S A GAMBLE with Jose Baez aboard. SPECTATORLESS took the lead at the start and ran away with it. The opening quarter mile was :23.10. IT'S A GAMBLE made a move between horses. INDIAN LAKE moved ahead to lead by a length and a half. It was a stretch duel between IT'S A GAMBLE and INDIAN LAKE, but IT'S A GAMBLE pulled ahead to take the win under a strong hand urging from jockey Jose Baez. The horse is trained by Kelly Breen. INDIAN LAKE finished second followed by SPECTATORLESS and HOT BLOODED.
$100K Mr. Prospector Stakes
The second day of racing at Monmouth was wet, but the pace was surprisingly fast. WIND OF CHANGE got to the front running a :22.34 opening quarter and :45.14 despite the slop. In the stretch WIND OF CHANGE pulled ahead by several lengths. ALWAYS SUNSHINE and ROYAL URN completed the finish. WIND OF CHANGE is trained by Saffie A. Joseph Jr. and ridden by J.C. Diaz, Jr.
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