Vera Tests Edie Meeny Miny Mo in G3 Monmouth Oaks

July 29, 2021

Field of eight entered for $100K Tale of the Cats Stakes; Author Perrotta to sign copies of new book Saturday

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Miguel Vera is fully aware of the challenges facing his 3-year-old filly Edie Meeny Miny Mo in Saturday’s Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth Park.

She has never been around two turns, nor has she ever tried any stakes company yet. And she’s the least experienced filly in the nine-horse field with just two career starts.

But Vera remains confident in her chances in the $250,000 mile and a sixteenth feature for one important reason: Talent. Edie Meeny Miny Mo, he says, oozes it.

“It’s a big step up for her but she deserves this chance,” said Vera. “She has shown she has the potential to be a special horse.”

A Maryland-bred daughter of Upstart-Plum by Pure Prize, Edie Meeny Miny Mo was unraced at 2 “because she’s a big filly who needed time to grow and develop,” said Vera.

Her debut on April 23 at Pimlico in a six-furlong maiden race was impressive – a 4¼-length win. But her follow-up in an optional $62,000 claimer at Pimlico on June 13 bordered on dazzling. She won that six-furlong dash by six-lengths despite being steadied as Vera used the race to teach her to come off the pace. That effort earned her a 91 Beyer Speed Figure.

“I know there is a question about the distance since her only two races have been six furlongs and she is trying a mile and a sixteenth now,” said the Maryland-based Vera. “I don’t think it will be a problem. I feel confident she can go that distance. She’s the kind of horse who can go a lot of different distances.

“I’m impressed by what she has done but not surprised by it. She showed she had talent from day one.”

A further endorsement of the filly’s ability: Victor Espinoza is coming into ride. It is the only mount he has scheduled on the 12-race card.

“I’m very confident in her,” said Vera. “I think she is a real racehorse. We’re going to find out more on Saturday. But she has always shown she should be in these kinds of races.

“It’s a great race to see where we are with her.”

Owned by Holly Hill Stables LLC, Edie Meeny Miny Mo was purchased for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

“The day she breezed there she left quite an impression,” said Vera. “She does everything right. Sometimes she does more than I ask her to do. But that’s her.”

For Vera, who has been training since 2011, Edie Meeny Mino Mo, also represents the chance for an elusive graded stakes victory. He has yet to get one.

“It would mean a lot to me,” he said. “But just to be in this kind of race, any graded race, is awesome. She has shown me the potential to be the best horse I have ever had.”

The 97th edition of the Monmouth Oaks also features a pair of John Servis-trainees in Midnight Obsession and Leader of the Band. They ran second and third, respectively, in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks in their last start.

Field of eight entered for $100K Tale of the Cats Stakes

Saturday’s $100,000 Tale of the Cat Stakes, at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass, has drawn a field of eight 3-year-olds (plus one alternate), with most in the field looking for a breakthrough performance. One that isn’t is the Gregg Sacco-trained It Can Be Done, who won the Nownownow Stakes at a mile and the turf last October at Monmouth Park.

Though 0-for-4 this year, It Can Be Done shows a second and third from his three turf tries in 2021.

Founder, from Chad Brown’s barn, ships in from New York for the race. Paco Lopez will ride.

Trainer Kelly Breen will send out Jersey Derby winner It’s a Gamble for Mr Amore Stable. The Jersey Derby wound up as an off-the-turf race on May 28.

Author Perrotta to sign copies of new book Saturday

Author John Perrotta will be at the Monmouth Park Gift Shop on Saturday, July 31, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to sign copies of his latest book “At the end of the Bar and other Stories.” Perrotta, who has penned several horse racing-themed novels, will be accompanied by Jen Ferguson, whose artwork is featured on the cover of the book.

Monmouth Park Press Release

Photo: Trainer Miguel Vera at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

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