Casey's Joy wins in record time
Casey's Joy once again showed his affinity for the Monmouth turf breaking the track record at a mile and a sixteenth en route to a smashing victory in the "two other than" allowance. Casey's Joy relaxed early behind a blisteringly hot pace set by a big longshot. Casey sat seventh through a half-mile and was still sixth after three-quarters of a mile. He ranged up willingly under jockey Joe Bravo but got bottled up behind rivals at the top of the stretch. When a seam opened up just outside the eighth pole, Casey's Joy exploded and drew off with ease to win by a measured three-lengths. Casey's Joy stopped the teletimer in 1:40.04 bettering the track record time of 1:40.41 set last year.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "We've been working hard to get Casey to relax. He's got a lot of speed, but we have to teach him when to use it. The pace today was wicked, and Joe Bravo did a wonderful job getting Casey to settle. Casey clearly loves that surface, and the mile to mile and a sixteenth distance is right in his wheelhouse. He was clearly the best when he got room. It was a very impressive effort."
Casey's Joy now has two wins and a third from four career turf starts. The four-year-old son of Maria's Mon has now earned over $100,000.