Saturday, August 30, 2008
Buffalo Man rallies to win Monmouth Park feature
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Buffalo Man rallied from far back in the stretch to win the $150,000 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, edging the favored Icy Atlantic by three-quarters of a length.
Trained by Cam Gambolati and ridden by Carlos H. Marquez Jr., the 4-year-old colt covered the mile over a firm turf course in 1:33 and paid $12, $6.80 and $4.60. The win in the Grade III race was Buffalo Man's second stakes victory this year.
"The game plan was to save as much ground as possible and wait as long as I could to ask the horse," Marquez said. "We sat off the early pace and waited. I knew this horse has a good turn of foot, so as soon as we saw daylight in the lane, he turned it on and outkicked everyone."
Icy Atlantic, who also made a strong stretch run but fell just short, returned $3.40 and $2.40, while Giant Wrecker was a head back in third and paid $2.60.
In the co-feature, Julia Tuttle never trailed and held on for a length victory over the favored One Man to Beat in the $65,000 Twin Lights Stakes.
Ridden by Horacio Karamanos and trained by Ferris Allen, the 3-year-old filly ran 1 1-8 miles over the firm turf course in 1:46 1-5 and returned $7.60, $4.80 and $3.20. One Man to Beat paid $3.80 and $2.80, while Sales Tax was a length back in third and returned $3.