09/27/2014 6:21PM

Posse Dreamin rebounds to win Jersey Juvenile

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Posse Dreamin and jockey Pedro Cotto Jr. win the Jersey Juvenile by two lengths Saturday.

Posse Dreamin looked like a winner every jump of the $62,400 Jersey Juvenile at Monmouth Park on Saturday, taking the lead in upper stretch and drawing off to a two-length decision as the favorite.

The race was vastly different from his preceding start, the one-mile Sapling Stakes, in which he appeared to fight his rider, dropped from contention after five furlongs, and was eased.

Eddie Broome, his owner, trainer, and breeder, put a bullet half-mile work into Posse Dreamin 11 days after the Sapling, worked him another half-mile eight days later, and then shortened him up to six furlongs in the Jersey Juvenile.

Posse Dreamin is now 2 for 5 in his career and has earned $91,000. He is a New Jersey-bred son of Posse. The Jersey Juvenile was his first start against statebreds.

“He broke on top, and I just let him relax and put me where he wanted to be,” said jockey Pedro Cotto Jr. “I was very confident the whole way. When we moved around the turn, I called on him, and he had plenty."

Posse Dreamin paid $6.40 to win and was timed in 1:11.30 after fractions of 22.00 and 45.23 seconds.

Little Hitman finished well but belatedly to be second, five lengths in front of third-place finisher Skirt Stake.