Cibelli Sends Out Pair For Saturday’s Lamplighter

Jane Cibelli will send two into the gate to take on five other 3-year-olds in Saturday’s $60,000 Lamplighter Stakes, going a mile and a sixteenth on the Monmouth Park turf.
Franklin Towers, a 3-year-old gelding by City Zip out of the Engrillado mare Leioa, broke her maiden two starts back when he took the race in front-running fashion in his only start over the Monmouth Park grass on June 10. He is coming out of an eighth place finish in his first time versus winners in allowance company at Laurel Park on July 4.
“He has been training really well,” said Cibelli, who conditions the horse for Clarke Ohrstrom. “He will most likely be the early speed of the race and go to the lead.”
Franklin Towers hasn’t worked since his latest outing. His most recent work came on June 26 over the Monmouth main track where he went four furlongs in :48 4/5.
Nik Juarez will be back aboard on Saturday.
Second Mate makes his first start at Monmouth Park after finishing second by just a length and a quarter in the Stanton Stakes on June 22 at Delaware Park.
“There was no speed in the race last time,” said Cibelli. “He has breezed very well lately and is ready to run.”
Owned by Goodwood Racing VI, the 3-year-old colt by Mizzen Mast out of the Johannesburg mare Second Defense has worked twice since the Stanton. The latest on July 16 when he went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5, second fastest of the 10 horses that went the distance on that day.
In his 2016 campaign, Second Mate has hit the board in each of his five starts including breaking his maiden as well as a win in allowance optional claiming ranks, both victories came from off the pace.
Antonio Gallardo will ride Second Mate for the first time in the Lamplighter.
The Lamplighter is set for race nine on Saturday’s 10-race card. It is one of two stakes that day along with the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled for 12:50 p.m.

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