Speaking Defeats Older Rivals in New Jersey Breeders Handicap

Holly Crest Farm homebred Speaking broke on top and scored a frontrunning victory in the $100,000 New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap at Monmouth Park.

Breaking from post position 2 in the seven-horse field, Speaking traveled up the rail and grabbed the lead, one length in front of Dr. Doyle and defending champion, Pickin’ Time. Speaking set the pace through fractions of 22.11 and 44.67, and his leading margin extended to two lengths as the field headed into the stretch and won by a comfortable 1 ½ lengths over Dr. Doyle.  Pianzi rallied from last for a third-place finish.

Winning trainer Eddie Owens Jr. said after the race that the Grade 2 Vosburgh on October 8th at Aqueduct is under consideration for Speaking:

“He’s a very consistent horse. The plan, since we were on the inside, was to avoid getting covered up, to get him to the front and let him settle. He did everything perfectly today. After his maiden win, I knew he had a chance to be special. I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of him yet. I think he will go a little longer. So we may try him next in the (Grade 2) Vosburgh (at Aqueduct on Oct. 8). He has shown he can compete against open company. His last race we didn’t put enough into him. He put in a very slow work and I don’t think we had him tight enough and it showed. He got tired the last sixteenth. We got him ready for this one and he showed what he is capable of.”

“Eddie had him ready for this, said winning rider Albin Jimenez. He put in an extra work and two fast works to have him ready. The plan was to get to the lead and let them see if they can catch him. I wanted to take advantage of the post position (post 2) and get him out there. He was very good today. He’s a really nice horse who has shown he doesn’t just have to be in with Jersey-breds. He can race against open company too.”

The son of Mr. Speaker out of High Noon Nellie, by Silver Deputy has finished first in four of his nine career starts and has earnings of $281,850.