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Monmouth: Long-absent Partyallnightlong returns in sprint co-feature
By Mike Farrell
OCEANPORT, N.J. – Eddie Broome hopes the “Party” continues Friday afternoon at Monmouth Park.
Broome has his fingers crossed as the talented but fragile Partyallnightlong launches his latest comeback. A 6-year-old, Partyallnightlong makes only his second start in the last two years in a $46,000 third-level allowance that is also open to $50,000 claimers going six furlongs.
The Friday card, which also features a third-level allowance on the grass going 1 1/16 miles, kicks off the Labor Day weekend on the Jersey Shore. Monmouth races every day through Monday with first post at 12:50 p.m. Eastern.
Partyallnightlong makes his first start since May 5, 2012, when he won a New Jersey-bred stakes at the Meadowlands.
Following that win, Partyallnightlong sustained a second shin fracture in as many seasons.
Broome, who bred and co-owns the horse with Richard Malouf, gave Partyallnightlong plenty of recuperation time with the goal of leaving the shin problems in the past.
“It doesn’t seem to be an issue right now,” Broome said. “We’ve given him enough time. All the X-rays have been great. Hopefully, the shin is behind him.”
The only setback in this comeback was a cut foot, most likely from stepping on a stone, that delayed his return to this late point in the season.
When healthy, Partyallnightlong is a very fast, consistent horse. He is 7-1-3 in only 13 starts. According to Broome, Partyallnightlong has been dragging the exercise riders around the track in the morning.
“We don’t get paid for going fast in the morning,” Broome said. “Hopefully, he’ll relax in the race. He’s real fresh and he might want to run off at the beginning of the race. I’d like to see him sit just off the pace.”
Paco Lopez, the meet’s leading rider, will be aboard.
The race drew a field of six, including the uncoupled duo of Chief Carlson and Harbor Breeze from the Tim Hills barn.
Harbor Breeze ran fourth most recently in the Teddy Drone Stakes on July 28 as part of the Haskell Invitational undercard.
◗ In the co-feature on the turf, the red-hot Chad Brown sends out Mister Pippit, a dominant second-level winner here earlier this month.
Brown has rarely missed the target this meet with a mark of 7-2-4 from 15 starters.
Trainer Graham Motion entered two as separate betting interests: Fan Base and Icabad Crane, an 8-year-old New York-bred gelding who is closing in on $600,000 in career earnings.
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