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November 09, 2006 · By · Share

Felonious Monk had a far from ideal trip but rallied furiously in the center of the track to go from ninth with a quarter-mile to go to a half-length victory.  Felonious Monk stood in the gate for awhile and ended up breaking last.  He was hustled up into the fray on the inside and then had to check with about three-eighths of a mile to go.  He ended up losing momentum and going backwards.  He was ninth at the quarter-pole, and Mark Guidry had to swing him about six wide.  When Guidry asked Felonious Monk in the stretch, our colt started gobbling up the ground and came flying to get up by a half-length at the wire.

Dallas Stewart said, "What a great win.  This horse had by far the worst trip in the race.  He broke slowly, and then he had that traffic trouble.  He has a ton of heart, and that long stride just carried him through the stretch.  He looked like he was taking one stride for the other horses two."

Mark Guidry said, "He was goofing off in the gate because he was standing in there.  He broke slowly, so I hustled him a little bit and then he didn't want to relax.  He never really came back to me until about the three-eighths pole, and then we had to check.  I had to take him wide and he ran on, but when he got in the clear he started goofing off again.  That's why I shifted him inside in the stretch.  When he picked up those other horses he really came running.  This horse could have tossed in the towel like a lot of horses, but he's got a lot of heart."

Felonious Monk earned $24,552 for his effort today bringing his young career total to a solid $33,552.

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