Casey's Joy wins
It's not how you look standing in the gate but how you look at the finish line that matters. Casey's Joy, our four-year-old son of Maria's Mon, did not win the best behaved in the gate award, but he won something a little more important, his race. Stalking a hot early pace while racing three wide, Casey's Joy assumed command after a sharp half-mile in 46 flat then hung on resolutely to win his turf debut in an "a other than" allowance at Monmouth. Casey's Joy crackled through six furlongs in 1:09.3 and still hand plenty left late to fend off late assaults.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "We did a couple really nice things today. We confirmed that Casey is a tough horse around two turns, and we found out that he likes the turf. I'd call that a pretty good day. I thought he would like the turf, but I think he got us all a little nervous when he tried to act up on us in the gate. When they sprung the latch though he was all business. We were a little wide on the turn, but Joe Bravo did a nice job. He moved when he thought the time was right and we got first run on the rest of the field. Monmouth is pretty good to speed even on the turf, and Casey clearly took to it today."
Jockey Joe Bravo said, "My horse settled into a comfortable beat down the backstretch. He's got a lot of speed, so I just tried to keep him relaxed. When I asked him he went, and he was plenty good enough to hold them all off."
Casey's Joy now has two wins and two seconds in six career starts and earnings of over $58,000.