09/15/2012 5:59PM

Monmouth Park: Smoke the Devil rallies to score in Charles Hesse III Handicap

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Smoke the Devil, with Elvis Trujillo riding, rallies to win the $76,750 Charles Hesse III Handicap at Monmouth Park.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Smoke the Devil rallied to win the $76,750 Charles Hesse III Handicap, the richest of three stakes Saturday during Monmouth Park’s 10th annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival.

The 10-race card was devoted exclusively to statebreds on a crisp afternoon. Elvis Trujillo had a big day, winning a pair of stakes on a chalky day as the favorites came through in all three.

Hermosillo, winner of the Hesse in 2009 and 2011, made a bold bid for a third victory. The 8-year-old led the way into the lane before weakening to finish third.

Smoke the Devil, with Trujillo up, outkicked Uncle Otto by a length to log his first win in more than a year.

“I asked him in the lane, and he had a great burst of energy,” Trujillo said.

A 5-year-old homebred for trainer Jose Samaniego, Smoke the Devil, the 7-2 favorite, scored his first stakes victory. The time was 1:46.89 for the 1 1/16 miles.

Breeders’ Handicap: Javerre stays perfect at Monmouth

Javerre is a perfect 4 for 4 at Monmouth after beating Chief Carlson by 1 1/4 lengths in the $61,200 New Jersey Breeders Handicap at six furlongs.

The Hunk, winner of the John J. Reilly Handicap earlier in the meet, was scratched. Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said earlier in the week that The Hunk was only “50-50” to run after developing some foot issues.

The absence of The Hunk changed the complexion of the race.

A 3-year-old gelding making his stakes debut, Javerre broke from the rail and quickly took the lead with Chief Carlson pressing the pace.

They raced as a team into the lane, where Javerre gradually pulled clear with Angel Arroyo aboard.

A homebred for the Gunsmith Stable, Javerre debuted here in late May and promptly won three straight races against New Jersey-breds. He ventured up to Saratoga for an open allowance race and suffered his lone defeat, rallying to miss by only a neck.

Javerre then stepped up to the New Jersey Breeders and kept his Monmouth record unblemished for trainer Cal Lynch.

“We figured we might be in front,” Lynch said. “With the one hole, we didn’t want to wait, and with The Hunk being out of there, that didn’t hurt either.  He made the lead and was able to set decent fractions.  He dug in well in the stretch.  He’s a real nice horse.”

Lynch pointed to the Maryland Million Sprint on Oct. 6 as a likely next start for Javerre.

Javerre, the 13-10 favorite, stopped the clock in 1:11.50.

Jersey Girl Handicap: Ima Jersey Girl romps

Ima Jersey Girl was all that and more in the $62,000 Jersey Girl Handicap.

Ima Jersey Girl pulled clear on the final turn and finished 12 1/2 lengths in front of Gracefully Mean.

A gray 4-year-old homebred for Red Oak Stable, Ima Jersey Girl got her first win in five starts this season. She was fourth in this race last year.

Trujillo was aboard for trainer Greg Sacco as Ima Jersey Girl paid $6.20 to win.

“I wish they were all that easy,” Trujillo said. “We just sat off the speed and my filly’s ears were going back and forth. I knew we had it anytime she wanted to go.”

The time was 1:46.44 for the 1 1/16 miles.

* Apprentice jockey Samy Camacho was taken to a local hospital for head and leg X-rays after being dumped to the track in the second race.

His mount, Stategic Command, broke down in the lane and had to be euthanized on the track.

Camacho ranked 11th in the standings entering Saturday’s card.