OCEANPORT, NJ — ”I'm walking on air right now,” The speaker is Thoroughbred trainer Jorge Navarro after Find the Money staged a hard fought battle to win the eighth race on Thursday's Monmouth Park card.
That win gave the Panamanian-born conditioner 66 winners for the season to break the old record set last year by Navarro himself. And, the beat goes on.
In 2016, Navarro eclipsed a 41-year-old record by sending out 59 winners.
Navarro, who would ordinarily be delighted by the occasion of his third record in a row, was not his usual emotional self because his family was not at the ocean side track to share his joy. His children have already started back to school in Florida.
“My family is not here. They love stuff like this — and I live for my family. So, it's a mixture of emotions right now,” he said.
Navarro, who boasts a 2018 Monmouth Park record of 66 winners from 147 starts, still has 13 racing dates to improve on his mark.
When asked how he does it, he replies, “I'm as hands on as I can be with all my horses. I'm hard on myself and hard on my help. But, it makes you appreciate and enjoy success even more when you work hard and see results like this.”
And, while Navarro was celebrating his title, a race horse named Jersey Joe B, who is named for 13-time Monmouth Park riding champion Joe Bravo, continued to honor his namesake with a win in Thursday's feature, a $50,000 race for horses bred in the Garden State.
Jersey Joe B was recently claimed by USA Thoroughbreds and trainer Kelly Breen. After his third start for his new connections, Jersey Joe B now has a win and a second under the USA Thoroughbreds banner. His lifetime record now shows three wins, three seconds and one third from 11 starts.
Jersey Joe B won the Thursday race by covering the 5-1/2 furlongs over a fast track in 1:04.55 after the race was moved off the turf course. After the Equiphotos were over, Breen said, “I like the idea of having another Jersey-bred. It's a nice program and it's always good to have a Jersey-bred in your barn at Monmouth Park.”
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