Money Multiplier lived up to his name by repeating as the winner of the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes on Saturday, putting an exclamation point on a stakes-filled card that resulted in the highest handle at Monmouth Park in nearly three years.
Sent off at 4-1 in the select field of five by the crowd 15,764, Money Multiplier ran down a determined Projected in mid-stretch and then held off the late-charging Divisidero to win the $200,000 feature by three quarters of a length in the mile and an eighth grass race. The handle total of $5,953,670 was the track's highest since July 5, 2015 on United Nations Handicap day.
Trained by Chad Brown, who led all conditioners in money won on the grass a year ago, and ridden by Joe Bravo, who has a record 13 Monmouth Park riding titles to his credit, Money Multiplier was well positioned throughout, stalking the pace-setting favorite Frostmourne.
When Bravo swung his charge wide in the final turn past a tiring Frostmourne, he then had to reel in Projected before staving off the challenge of Divisidero, a Grade 1 winner.
Money Multiplier won the Monmouth Stakes last year as the race favorite.
“He's a beast. He's a horse who deserves all the praise he gets,” said Bravo. “Turning for home he just ran away with it. Chad Brown is the greatest. He let me ride the race. He said to me `you might be on the lead. Don't be shocked. He's fresh. Let him run his race.'
“I got a little concerned when Divisidero came outside of me late. He's a nice horse. He just made my horse run and he responded the way a good horse does.”
Money Multiplier, a 6-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky-Intensify, notched his fifth career victory, pushing his earnings to more than $1.1 million.
He covered the nine furlongs in 1:46.79.
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