“Jack on the Rocks roars back to win under Sheldon Russell! It’s Sheldon Russell—make his a double on Maryland Million Day! Jack on the Rocks!”
That call by Dave Rodman is one of Richie Munk’s favorite racing memories, and he’s got no shortage of them from which to choose. Munk has nearly 20 years in the racing business under his belt, working first with Karakorum Racing Team, then with Castle Village Farm, two Thoroughbred partnership groups based in New York. About seven years ago, he established the partnership that bears his name, the unforgettable Funky Munky Stable.
Funky Munky claimed the Maryland-bred Jack on the Rocks, then a 4-year-old, for $30,000 at Aqueduct in January of 2009. When they lost him in a claim at Belmont in May of 2011, he’d earned more than $280,000 for the partnership and won the first and only stakes race of his career, the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap in October 2010.
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Photo: Jack on the Rocks wins the Maryland Million Sprint under Sheldon Russell in 2010. Photo credit Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club