10/27/2011 12:55PM

Monmouth: Deliburnsky looks tough in second division of Jersey Juvenile


OCEANPORT, N.J. – The two $60,000 divisions of the Jersey Juvenile are the annual showcase for the leading 2-year-olds bred in the Garden State.

The pair of six-furlong races on Saturday are also the final stakes of the year at Monmouth Park.

Foal crops have been on the decline in New Jersey due to the uncertainty surrounding racing schedules and purse levels. The impact can be seen in this year’s Juvenile, where the filly division attracted only five runners while the open division has a field of seven.

If he runs back to his past statebred form, Deliburnsky will be tough in the open division.

Purchased for $70,000 at the Ocala sale in April, Deliburnsky will be making his fourth start for trainer Tony Wilson.

Deliburnsky debuted here in July, running fourth against open company. He cruised to an 8 1/4-length win in his next start, his lone effort against New Jersey-breds. Deliburnsky earned a 68 Beyer Speed Figure in that victory, easily topping the best figure posted by any rival.

Deliburnsky took a big swing in his most recent start, the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes on Labor Day weekend.

A 55-1 outsider, Deliburnsky pressed the pace before fading to ninth. Wilson then put him on shelf, waiting for this spot.

“He’s coming into the race fine,” Wilson said. “I didn’t want to run him in between to keep him fresh because he’s big for a 2-year-old. He’s fine. We’re ready to run.”

Wilson views the Sapling as a worthwhile experiment at Deliburnsky’s home track.

“We just wanted to try it,” Wilson said. “He got into a speed duel but he bounced back after that race. He was wondering himself why he hasn’t been back running.”

The wait is over from post 6 with regular rider Pedro Cotto Jr. aboard.

The competition includes Chief Carlson, Rockstar Life, and Final Forest, maiden winners last time out against statebreds.

One for Don, Party Halo, and Plotter, a trio of maidens, complete the field.

Plotter is the unknown quantity as this is his debut following a lengthy string of workouts for trainer Graham Motion at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.

In the filly division, Salad Girl stepped up her game last time out, posting a maiden win while earning a 70 Beyer Speed Figure. A repeat of that effort would make her the one to catch. Elvis Trujillo has the return call for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.

Her main rival could be Don Six’s Number, a winner of 2 of 3 for trainer Bruce Alexander.

Winning at first asking against statebreds in September, Don Six’s Number followed with a pair of open races, winning a starter allowance before running fourth in a first-level allowance.

Geeky Gorgeous and Tuff Tri both won New Jersey-bred maiden races most recently while Same Old Story has a win and a third in her two races.

Meet may extend two more weekends

The meet, now scheduled to conclude on Nov. 6, could be extended six additional days. Ongoing discussions between Monmouth and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association are focused on adding two more weekends of Friday through Sunday racing, postponing closing day to Nov. 20.

“We are working on the details to get it done,” said John Forbes, president of the NJTHA. “It’s what is being discussed. I think it’s going to happen.”