OCEANPORT, NJ – Money Multiplier improved his record to two for two at Monmouth Park with a win in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Money Multiplier loves the Jersey Shore! The Chad Brown trainee returned to defend his title in Saturday’s Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes, and came home a winner as he won the race by three-quarters of a length. Breaking from post three he sat very close to the early pace before digging in late in the stretch under the direction of jockey Joe Bravo.
“He’s a beast. He’s a horse who deserves all the praise he gets,” said Bravo. “Turning for home he just ran away with it. Chad Brown is the greatest. He let me ride the race. He said to me `you might be on the lead. Don’t be shocked. He’s fresh. Let him run his race.’
Amazingly, the defending champion of this race was sent off at odds of 4-1 in a field of just five runners. A large crowd of 15,764 packed into Monmouth Park to watch this big day of racing as Money Multiplier ran his stablemate Projected while also having enough left in the tank to hold off a late charge from Divisidero. The handle total of $5,953,670 was the track’s highest since July 5, 2015 on United Nations Handicap day.
Heavily favored Frostmourne set the early pace, but faltered badly to an off the board finish at odds of 6/5. The win for Money Multiplier improves his record to five for twenty-two lifetime while pushing his career earnings to $1,203,584.
“I got a little concerned when Divisidero came outside of me late. He’s a nice horse. He just made my horse run and he responded the way a good horse does.”
Money Multiplier returned $10.00 to win, $4.40 to place, and $3.40 to show. Divisidero brought back $5.40 to place and $2.80 to show, while Projected paid $2.40 to show.