With Hall of Fame instructors Todd Pletcher, Steve Asmussen and Jerry Hollendorfer- together with future Hall of Famer Chad Brown- all having a daunting spirit on the Monmouth Park backstretch this summer it’s easy to forget that the hasten for extending tutor reputations still goes through Kelly Breen.
It did last year, when the 52 -year-old Breen easily captivated his third Monmouth Park trainer’s title.
There’s no reason to think things will be any different when the track’s 76 th season gets underway with four straight eras of live scooting starting with a autumn poster on Friday, May 28.
“We do gear up for Monmouth Park, ” said Breen. “It goes back to me saying all we can do is continue to work hard and to try to do our best. So much depends on the condition book. I can’t predict how we’ll do this year because I don’t know how the condition book will play out.
“But we have a good variety of mares, from $5,000 claimers to multiple-graded bets wins. There are probably guys with more well-rounded stables, maybe with more claimers, people with bigger stables. But “were having” 40 colts right now that are ready to run. We’ll merely “ve been trying to” situated them in the claim spots.”
Breen’s quest for a entitle repeat will start on opening day, where reference is are sent to It’s A Gamble in the $100,000 Jersey Derby at a mile on the grass. He then has Tracy Ann’s Legacy set to go in Sunday’s feature, the $75,000 Politely Stakes.
His impact will likely be felt throughout the 53 -day meet, since he passed all Monmouth Park managers last year with 117 starters. His 32 champions were nearly double that of runner-up Jose Delgado.
That Monmouth Park success was a major factor in a career time for the New Jersey native, who designated personal bests in overall wins (8 4) and starters( 418) while producing the second-best earnings time in a vocation that started on 1992.
“Last year was more validation after having built up a public stable after nearly 10 years of has become a private trainer and not being out there with numerou ponies and this countless horses, ” said Breen. “It has been a gradual process of evolving. I didn’t always have a big stable after I becomes a public instructor again. It made a couple of years to get to this point. It took go. But we have a nice, well-rounded stable now.”
Breen, who travelled 14 years between Monmouth Park learn names, again figures to make an impact when the 2-year-old scoots start as well. He currently has 15 “babies” with a marry more due in shortly.
“The 2-year-old program at Monmouth Park has always been outstanding, so we hope to be a factor in that last-minute in the summer, ” he said.
Though Breen says his sees aren’t undoubtedly set on another Monmouth Park title- “Whatever amount of prevails we get that’s what we’re going to have as a total, ” he said- he known to opens the match as the favorite.
“Not being cocky or anything, but I like to think when people think of Jersey scooting they must be considered my appoint, ” he said. “I’m a Jersey guy. I grew up here. We have more of a existence in New York than we’ve had in a while but Monmouth Park is still home.”
Monmouth Park’s converge began with hastening on Friday through Monday over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend before reverting to a Friday through Sunday schedule throughout the summer. Post times for Saturdays, Sundays and special Monday holiday posters is 12:15 p.m. Post time for Friday twilight posters is 5 p. m.
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