William Lawrence and Klaravich Stable's Money Multiplier hadn't raced since Nov. 5, but a decisive mid-race move in Sunday's G3 Monmouth Stakes by jockey Javier Castellano had the ridgling in contention on the far turn. The 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky took the lead and dug in to finish the job, crossing the wire about 1 1/2 lengths in front of Irish Strait for the win. Trained by Chad Brown, Money Multiplier covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:47.91.
“He broke really well,” Castellano said. “I felt that the pace was slow, so I didn't want to move too early on him. I got him to the outside and in the clear and he started to roll. You saw how fit he was when he was just galloping along at the half mile pole. He seemed to just enjoy the ride the way he did it.”
Irish Strait was quick out of the starting gate, but Smooth Daddy came over from his outside post to take over the lead and the rail position exiting the chute. As Thatcher Street took up position outside Irish Strait, Money Multiplier was in fourth through a first quarter in 25.34 seconds.
Money Multiplier tried to climb over top of Thatcher Street down the backstretch and Castellano had to pull him sharply off his rival's heels; the Hall of Fame inductee made the split-second decision to give Money Multiplier some rein and the colt rallied up three-wide to join the leading Smooth Daddy, marking the half-mile in :50.24.
Thatcher Street was in third, between Smooth Daddy and Money Multiplier, with Irish Straight hemmed in at the rail in fourth. In the far turn, after covering six furlongs in 1:13.07, Castellano asked Money Multiplier to take over the lead and the colt did so easily, taking a 3/4-length advantage turning for home.
Thatcher Street dropped back as Irish Strait tried to bull his way through a hole between Smooth Daddy and Money Multiplier, but he wasn't quick enough to go with the leader. Money Multiplier drew away from the field down the stretch, kept to task late by Castellano to cross the wire about 1 1/2 lengths in front of a game Irish Strait. Kharafa made a big run around the outside but could do no better than third, and Smooth Daddy faded to fourth.
“He ran good,” Brown said. “It didn't quite work out the way I thought, with him getting jammed up behind a really slow pace. Javier (jockey Castellano) used good judgment to pull him out of there and just pass everyone. When you have someone like Javier, with his level of experience, he can call those audibles in the middle of a race. We'll look to the Sword Dancer (G1, Saratoga, Aug. 26) next.”
Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall and Haymarket Farm, Money Multiplier was a $100,000 weanling at the Keeneland November sale, and was later purchased by agent Mike Ryan for $260,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. The Monmouth is his first graded stakes win, though he had earned placings in a trio of Grade 1 contests. Overall, Money Multiplier's record stands at 4-6-1 from 16 starts, with earnings of over $750,000.
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