Speaking takes the lead and shakes off the field for victory in $100,000 Smoke Glacken

September 27, 2021

OCEANPORT, N.J.—With Jose Ferrer aboard Forty Stripes broke first with Speaking quickly taking the lead to set the pace keeping the lead throughout for the win in the Smoke Glacken earing Black Type. Local Move was close behind through the quarter in :22.29. Swift Tap with Isaac Castillo up came up at the half mile in :45.37. Forty Stripes came back on the stretch challenging by a head with Practical Coach ridden by Frankie Pennington close behind with Swift Tap close behind.

Clearing off on the turn, Speaking pulled away on his own entering the stretch and cruised home in hand. Forty Stripes advanced outside on the turn, came four wide into the lane, rallied outside and finished well for place honors. Practical Coach chased three wide on the turn, rallied outside rivals in deep stretch and got up for third at the wire by a nose. Stalking three wide, Swift Tap chased two wide on the turn, rallied mildly between horses in the stretch and just missed for third. Chasing inside on the turn Local Motive finished evenly. 

Sailor Speed, She’s Peachy Keen and Dadashev complete the order of finish.

Speaking paid $3.60, 3.00 and 2.40. Forty Stripes paid a nice $9.60 and 4.20 and Practical coach paid $2.80. The final time was 1:10.12 for the six furlongs on the dirt. 

Speaking is a New Jersey homebred of Holly Crest Farm. The dark brown gelding is the son of Mr. Speaker out of Silver Deputy mare High Noon Nellie.

Ridden by Gerardo Corales he completed the six furlongs in a time of 1:10:12. 

“I had a lot of confidence going into this race. The last time he ran he ran a big race and he won very easily. He’s a baby and he still had a lot left to learn but he has a lot of potential,” Gerardo Corrales explained.

With a perfect record of two for two having broken his maiden at Monmouth on August 29, the two-year old is trained by Eddie Owens, Jr.  

“He doesn’t know he’s a Jersey bred – and we’re not going to tell him, either. He showed us a lot of potential in the mornings, so we have had high expectations for him. His first race he did everything professionally (winning by 6¼ lengths) so we knew he was going to be a very nice horse. Today he was eye-popping. Very nice. I don’t know what we have in store for him yet. We made no long-term plans. We’d like to get him to try two turns. But we’re taking it race by race right now. We’ll see what we find for him next. Wherever we go next I love the way he ran today. He showed us a lot. He did it with ease” Stated Eddie Owns, Jr.

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Speaking #8 with Jockey Gerardo Corrales riding won the $100,000 Smoke Glacken Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday September 26, 2021. Photo By Bill Denver/ EQUI-PHOTO

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