Claim pays off with Ponzi Scheme
With the win in the $75,000 Skip Away Stakes last weekend, Ponzi Scheme has already been a productive claim for trainer Juan Serey and owner John Koenig.
Scooped up for $20,000 last August, the 4-year-old gelding has already won three times for the new barn.
The latest was a career-best effort, a front-running score that produced a 103 Beyer Speed Figure.
“Sometimes you get lucky to claim a horse like him,” Serey said.
Serey made a few alterations, starting with gelding the horse immediately after the claim.
Koenig quickly gave all the credit to Serey.
“When we got that horse, we didn’t know if we’d win a race with him,” he said.
Now they are starting to dream bigger.
Fresh from Ponzi Scheme’s first stakes win, they are now targeting the Greenwood Cup, a 1 1/2-mile race at Parx Racing on July 16. It is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, giving the winner an expenses-paid spot in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.
“Every time they try to catch him with an outrider after a race, they can’t pull him up,” Koenig said. “The way he runs says he’ll go longer. We think he’ll get better going longer.
“You’ve got to dream, and if you want a dream for the Breeders’ Cup, the Marathon is the easiest shot to take.”
The next likely Monmouth appearance for Ponzi Scheme could be the Grade 3 Philip Iselin Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 20.