Sunday, September 02, 2012


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, September 1, 2012


DAVID NUNN HOPES TO SADDLE FIRST STAKES WINNER AT HOME

When Withgreatpleasure held off a late challenge to prevail by a head in the $60,000 Unbridled Belle Stakes at Delaware Park three weeks ago, she delighted her owner and trainer with the first stakes wins of their careers. On Labor Day, the 4-year-old filly has the chance to take them over the moon with their second stakes victory and first at their home base of Monmouth Park.

Withgreatpleasure will have a big cheering section on hand when she runs in the $75,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes on Monday.

“I had this race picked out at the beginning of the summer for her and to win it right here at home would be amazing,” said trainer David Nunn. “This would be the one race that the owners and I would appreciate the most.”


The Valerie and David Blethen homebred earned five wins from 19 starts and has earned $306,949 in purses. In her only two prior starts at Monmouth, which were both stakes events, she teased her connections with a second in last year’s Serena’s Song Stakes and a third in the 2011 Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. Now she’ll step onto the track as the possible favorite for the race named in honor of the 1986 Horse of the Year and member of the Hall of Fame.

“She’s fantastic,” said Carly Colt, an assistant to Nunn. “She went out on the track this morning with the pony and couldn’t be any better. She’s the star around here. Everything revolves around ‘Big Mama’ and we’ve all put a lot of extra time into her and have worked really hard to keep her sound and as happy and as good as she can be.”

Colt said that Withgreatpleasure is truly a pleasure to have in the barn.

“She’s one of the most intelligent animals I have ever been around. She knows what she needs and she almost trains herself,” she said. “She’s a very competent and a very competitive horse. We schooled her in the paddock the other day and she was perfectly calm until she saw the other horses coming in for their race. Then she started pinning her ears and wanted to go out and run.”

Should Withgreatpleasure win her second straight stakes race, there may be some celebrating afterward in Monmouth’s Lady’s Secret Café.

“Bringing her home and winning the Lady’s Secret would be more than exciting,” said Douglas Nunn, David’s identical twin who also trains a string of horses at Monmouth. “To win his first stakes race at Monmouth in front of everybody would be fantastic for my brother. We’ll all be cheering for him.”



CATCH ALL NFL GAMES AT MONMOUTH PARK



The National Football League season kicks off on Wednesday, September 5 when the New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys, and at Monmouth Park fans can watch as the home team begins its defense of the Super Bowl championship.

With Monmouth’s Direct TV NFL Ticket Package, the track has got all of the action covered all season long and football fans can follow the entire game of their favorite teams each week.

NFL games will be shown on track on wide screen TVs located in the Sports Bar and the Clubhouse Teletheater.



LIVE RACING AND FAMILY FUN DAY ON SUNDAY & MONDAY



Those who are young and young at heart can celebrate the holiday together when Monmouth hosts the final Family Fun Days of the season on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. Admission is free for those 12 and under, and the kids will enjoy complementary pony rides, face painters, clowns, a bouncy house live music and more.

Live racing will be held on Sunday and Monday, with post time at 12:45 pm. For the remainder of the meet, which runs through October 7, live racing will be on Saturdays and Sundays with first post of 12:45 pm and gates opening at 11:30 am.

After October 7, the live Thoroughbred action shifts to The Meadowlands on October 12 with live racing on Fridays and Saturdays through November 2-3. The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be simulcast at both Monmouth and The Meadowlands on November 2-3.


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