For the third consecutive year, millionaire PANTS ON FIRE has won a stakes at the Jersey shore. This year was the biggest yet, as the son of JUMP START charged home to win the $200,000 Monmouth Cup-G2 by nearly two lengths over Hymn Book on the Haskell Day undercard on Sunday, July 28.
George and Lori Hall’s homebred bided his time before being sent to the lead by Paco Lopez as the field entered the far turn in the mile and a sixteenth main track test. The Kelly Breen trainee opened up by daylight and held off all challengers down the stretch to record his fourth career stakes win and increase his earnings to $1,131,060 from 21 starts. “It’s always great to win at Monmouth Park,” said Breen.
A winner of Monmouth’s Gr. 3 Pegasus S. at 3 and the Skip Away S. at 4, PANTS ON FIRE also captured Fair Ground’s Gr. 2 Louisiana Derby during his 3-year-old season, and counts among his seven wins scores at Delaware Park and Gulfstream.
JUMP START has ranked among the leading Mid-Atlantic sires every year since moving to the region for the 2010 breeding season. He has had progeny in excess of $3 million for five consecutive years, and is well on his way to surpass that mark again, as his runners have earned more than $2.1 million to date. JUMP START has five stakes winners this year, including graded stakes-winning millionaire PRAYER FOR RELIEF and top handicap horse SAN PABLO—both from same sensational crop as PANTS ON FIRE.