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Monmouth Park: Chamberlain Bridge looks revived with My Frenchman victory
By Mike Farrell
OCEANPORT, N.J. - Chamberlain Bridge looked like his old self on Saturday afternoon at Monmouth Park, surging in the lane to win the $62,000 My Frenchman Stakes for grass sprinters.
The 8-year-old gelding, the winner of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, got his first win of the season in five tries. The victory followed a rousing second-place finish in the Arlington Sprint Stakes after blowing the break and falling far off the pace.
Trainer Bret Calhoun sees the last two races as a sign the veteran is returning to the level where he can again tackle the top runners in the division.
"I thought this was an impressive race," Calhoun said. "We got a really good trip, and it looked like he won pretty easy. Everything went the way we wanted it to go. He's 8 years old now, and he's not as consistent he was in his 2010 form. We're just trying to pick some better spots and space his races a little bit. Hopefully he'll get a little confidence, and get back to the bigger races again."
The path back to the bigger races comes in his next start, the Grade 3, $350,000 Turf Monster at Parx, a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In stakes.
Ju Jitsu Jax fired to lead from the outside post in nine-horse My Frenchman field and was soon engaged by Just Chillin Boss.
Paco Lopez had Chamberlain Bridge in perfect position, sitting third behind the battling leaders. He kicked home strongly in the lane, beating Ju Jitsu Jax by 2 1/2 lengths with Just Chillin Boss holding on for third.
Chamberlain Bridge got his 19th win in 44 starts, paying $4.40 to win. The time was 1:01.92 for the 5 1/2 furlongs on the firm course.
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