Custer Breaks Track Record in Sunday Feature at Monmouth

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Padua Stables Custer came charging home on the Monmouth Park turf course on Sunday to run down Plenty Coups in the final strides and set a new course record of 1:39.03 in the $48,000 allowance/optional claiming contest by a neck.

Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. and ridden by Paco Lopez, Custer paid $16.60, $7.60 and $6 across the board. Plenty Coups completed the $164 exacta and paid $11.60 to place and $6.20 to show. It was another 2 ½ lengths back to Classic Campaign, who paid $4.20 to show. Post-time favorite Duveen checked in fourth.

A 4-year-old gelding by High Yield from the Dehere mare Burning Hope, Custer boosted his lifetime mark to 4-4-0 from 14 starts. He has now earned $106,749 for his connections.

Custer lowered the course record previously held by Casey’s Joy, who ran the mile and a sixteenth over the Monmouth course with the rail set at 24 feet in 1:40.04 on Sept. 1, 2007.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Wednesday, August 19. Gates open at 11:30am with first post set for 12:50pm. As always the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.