Breen, Lopez Earn Monmouth Park Titles


Kelly Breen | Horsephotos

Kelly Breen, who capped the season with a pair of stakes wins on the closing-day card, was the leading trainer at the Monmouth Park meet which concluded Sunday. It was Breen's third training title at the New Jersey oval, but his first in 14 years.

“It means a lot,” said Breen. “To think back to when I last won the title 14 years ago to today, I lost both of my parents over that time and today would have been my mom's birthday. So it's special. I felt like I had a little angel on my shoulder this meet. This is a prestigious meet. Monmouth Park is a high-end track and to be the leading trainer at a top-tier track is a significant accomplishment. It means a lot to me, to my barn and to my assistants. We work hard for things like this.”

Paco Lopez was the meet's leading rider for the seventh time and Klaravich Stables was the leading owner.

The Thoroughbred season in New Jersey will continue with the  nine-day Meadowlands-at-Monmouth Park meet beginning Saturday. Following a Sunday card, the live racing schedule for the month will switch to the next three Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 24. There will also be a holiday card Oct. 12. The Meadowlands-at-Monmouth Park meet will feature a stakes race every live racing day, highlighted by the Oct. 10 GII Monmouth nine furlongs on the turf.

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