09/18/2010 5:47PM

Short rest no problem for Goombada Guska

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Goombada Guska, ridden by Joe Bravo, captures the Charles Hesse III Handicap.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Goombada Guska, the lone 3-year-old in the field, had the strongest, freshest legs in the $96,000 Charles J. Hesse III Handicap on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

The Hesse was the final of four stakes on the 12-race carded devoted exclusively to New Jersey-breds.

Back to the races only six days’ rest, Goombada Guska rallied for a 4 1/4-length win over Hermosillo, the defending Hesse champion who fought bravely to get second.

A closer, Goombada Guska had an ideal setup as Hermosillo and Broken Trail hooked up in a speed duel. They duked it out through opening fractions of 23.57 and 46.78 seconds with Goombada Guska lying seventh with Joe Bravo aboard.

Goombada Guska pounced in the lane for the victory in his stakes debut.

“Everybody knew we were coming from downtown,” said trainer Scott Volk. “Today we had the pace.”

Goombada Guska paid $10.20 to win. The time was 1:44.37 for the 1 1/16 miles.

Love That Dance dominates sprint

Love That Dance, in the best form of her career, overpowered the competition in the $94,500 Eleven North for filly and mare sprinters.

A 4-year-old, Love That Dance ($3.40) saved ground from the rail with Elvis Trujillo aboard. She moved to the front at the top of the lane and drew off to an 8 1/2-length win over Pascal’s Paradox.

The Eleven North was a class drop, following Love That Dance’s victory here against a solid field of open female sprinters in the Trenton Stakes.

“It took a little while, but she’s really come around,” said trainer Ben Perkins Jr. “She was a nice 3-year-old and now she’s really starting to develop. We’ve seen the change in her over the summer. She’s getting stronger now.”

The next stop for Love That Dance will likely be the Maryland Millions Distaff on Oct. 2 at Laurel.

Love That Dance ran the six furlongs in 1:09.72.

Emily Allstar gives Petrini a stakes double

Owner-breeder John Petrini swept both stakes for fillies and mares, first with Love That Dance and then with Emily Allstar in the $96,000 Jersey Girl Handicap.

Emily Allstar held off 11-10 favorite Way With Words by a head with Omar Figueroa aboard for trainer Paul Kopaj. Emily Allstar, a 5-year-old, paid $12.80 to win as she ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.68.

Dabnabit relishes switch to turf

Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. remembered the advice of his longtime boss and mentor, the late Bob Durso, as he prepared Dabnabit for the $94,500 New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap.

“Bobby told me one time that if you put them on the grass, sometimes it will do good things to the horse,” Carvajal said. “He did that with Frisk Me Now. He worked him on the grass and he came back to win a big race.”

The strategy worked perfectly as Dabnabit scored a front-running win, dueling and defeating 4-5 favorite Unwritten by five lengths in the process.

Dabnabit, a 5-year-old, had run three times on dirt earlier this year at Monmouth, settling for second all three times. Carvajal switched Dabnabit to the turf for his New Jersey Breeders’ prep, a sixth-place finish against open company.

Back on the dirt against state-breds, Dabnabit was unstoppable. He ran the six furlongs in 1:10.36, paying $23.20 to win.

DeCarlo heading to Saudi Arabia

Chris DeCarlo, winner of the 1986 Haskell Invitational aboard Wise Times at age 17 and a longtime member of the Monmouth jockey colony, announced he will be moving his tack to Saudi Arabia for the King Abdul Aziz Racetrack meet which begins on Oct. 2.

DeCarlo signed a six-month contract to ride first call for King Abdullah Al Saud’s Janadria Farm.

DeCarlo said accommodations have been made for him and his family to live together on Janadria Farm for the winter.

“I’m sure it will take some getting used to for my wife and daughter,” DeCarlo said. “But it’s a great riding opportunity, and I wanted to have them with me.”