BY MONMOUTH PARK PRESS OFFICE
OCEANPORT, NJ—For all of the tough luck that trainer Jose Delgado has run into during the Monmouth Park meet this summer, Bingo’s Boy can help ease some of the sting with a solid showing in Saturday’s $100,000 Smoke Glacken for 2-year-olds going six furlongs.
A winner first-time out in maiden special weight company on July 1, Bingo’s Boy heads into the six-furlong Smoke Glacken off a 10-week layoff following his winning debut at four-and-a-half furlongs.
“His first effort was a big surprise because he was a little bit green,” Delgado said. “As a Jersey-bred you don’t get a chance at too many starts as a 2-year-old. So, we decided to take a shot.
He was working okay—nothing that impressed us. So, he did surprise us.”
Bingo’s Boy earned $43,125 in his maiden victory and jockey Samy Camacho will again be aboard. Bingo’s Boy has post one.
The Smoke Glacken drew a field of nine as part of the closing weekend for the Monmouth Park meet, with live racing Saturday and Sunday before Thoroughbred racing in New Jersey shifts to the Meadowlands for the boutique all-turf meet starting Sept. 15.
For Delgado, a good weekend—he has three in at Monmouth Park and two in at Colonial Saturday—would give him some momentum before he moves his 18-horse stable to another venue.
He has seven wins from 60 starters at the Monmouth Park meet, with 15 seconds and five thirds.
“I thought I would have won more races than we have at Monmouth but we’ve run into some tough luck with 15 seconds,” he said. “The horses are running well. I can’t complain about that. This is how the game goes sometimes.”
Also set for the Smoke Glacken is Florida-bred Buccherino for trainer Alfredo Velazquez and owner Happy Tenth Stable.
The son of Pleasant Acres Stallions’ Bucherro makes his third career start after breaking his maiden by two-and-a-quarter lengths going five-and-a-half furlongs at Parx on Aug. 22. He was second to Soze in a five-and-a-half furlong maiden special weight at Monmouth on Aug. 4 in his first career start.
Buccherino is out of the First Dude mare Bellimbusto and was bred in Florida by Blue River Bloodstock. Blue River Bloodstock consigned him to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales April Sale where Happy Tenth Stable purchased him for $75,000.
Buccherino has post two will be ridden by Dexter Haddock.
The Carlos David-trained Shea D World, a Kentucky-bred son of Florida-bred stallion World of Trouble, is two-for-two on the dirt and also looks prominent. He won his last start at Delaware Park on Aug. 24 by 12 lengths.
Shea D World will be ridden by Jairo Rendon from post seven.
Completing the Smoke Glacken field is Ship to Shore with jockey Jorge Vargas Jr., Group Ticket with Lane Luzzi up, Beachfront Breeze will be ridden by Charlie Marquez, Sea Streak and jockey Nik Juarez, Book’em Danno will have Samuel Marin in the saddle and Pedro Cotto Jr. has the mount on Midnight Story.
–Brock Sheridan contributed to this article