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New Jersey Thoroughbred horses get primed for opening of 2014 Monmouth meet

Horses and humans are preparing for opening day at Monmouth Park this Saturday, May 10.
Horses and humans are preparing for opening day at Monmouth Park this Saturday, May 10.
Photography by Marcya Roberts, freelance writer for

McBurney is a graded stakes placed trainer who has had over $5 million in earnings.

Rock Talk Farm in Allentown, New Jersey will have five horses at Monmouth this summer all trained by Jane Cibelli who won the Monmouth Park leading trainer award two years in a row. Husband and wife owners Peter and Marcy Roberts frequently visit the backstretch at Monmouth Park to check on their homebreds: Fuzzy Muzzle, Lou Doctor Lou, Pop Start, Mr. Spaceman and Ch Ch Cherry Bomb. “We’re hoping for a safe and successful 2014,” said team Rock Talk.

TheNewManInTown, Chaser and Padre Graz will be racing on opening day against each other in race number three — a six furlong race for New Jersey-bred maidens age three-years-old and upward. Thenewmanintown will be ridden by jockey Navin Mangalee and Chaser will be ridden by Gabriel Saez. Jockey Eddie Castro, who is returning to Monmouth this season after a year in Chicago and two years in New York, will be riding Padre Graz.

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Orlando Bocachica will be in the irons on Fuzzy Muzzle who is entered in race number 10 — a one-and-one-sixteenth mile race on the dirt.

Other up and comers to watch out for later this season

Mary Jo Herbert, owner of Hopewell Heritage Farm near Titusville, is excited about her prospects for 2014 with her New Jersey-bred “Fit For a Ball.”

“She’s a feisty three-year-old filly who is training with Cynthia Reese,” explained Herbert. Reese is a multiple graded stakes winning trainer whose farm is located in Robbinsville. She has amassed over $9 million in earnings since 1993.

Bob Matthies is a horse owner out of Seaside Park who has high expectations for his two-year-old Jersey-bred colt, Jamesonspice. The horse is stabled at Monmouth Park and is being trained by multiple stakes winning trainer Douglas Nunn. Over his career Nunn as had 181 first place finishes, 186 second place finishes and 216 thirds.

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