Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Wednesday, May 23, 2012


PANTS ON FIRE RETURNS TO MONMOUTH STRIP IN SKIP AWAY STAKES

Pants on Fire, who last raced at Monmouth when he finished fifth in the 2011 Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, breezed five furlongs over a fast track in 1:00.80 on May 19 in preparation for the $75,000 Skip Away Stakes on May 26.

“It was a really good work and he is doing extremely well right now,” said trainer Kelly Breen. “He’s doing super. I’d like to get him back to his winning ways.”


The 4-year-old colt, who won the Louisiana Derby before finishing 9th in the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Rosie Napravnik in the irons, captured an optional claiming allowance on March 12 at Gulfstream this year with Paco Lopez aboard. Napravnik was back aboard for the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap and the Grade 2 Charlestown Classic in April, but the colt didn’t fire and ended up fifth and sixth, respectively.

Breen has named Lopez to ride the son of Jump Start in Saturday’s Skip Away, a mile and a sixteenth test for 3-year-olds an up.


SURVIVAL AT THE SHORE CONTEST RETURNS THIS WEEKEND

Monmouth Park’s popular Survival at the Shore Contest returns on Saturday, May 26 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 3.

The rules for the contest are simple - the Challenge Commissioner will select three races on each live date from which players will select one horse from each and receive a mythical $2 across the board wager. In order to “Survive” the contest and continue on to the next racing day, any one of the player’s three selections must finish in the top three. As an added twist, players will get one “life preserver” which can be used to stay in the contest should the player fail to make their selections on any given race day or if the player’s selections fail to hit the board.

While prizes will be awarded throughout the contest, the Grand Prize winner will be the player with the highest mythical bankroll come the contest’s end on Sept. 3. The Grand Prize winner will take home $2,500 in cash, while second place receives $1,000 and third gets $250.

To learn more about Survival at the Shore or to sign up for the contest, visit http://www.survivalattheshore.com or http://www.monmouthpark.com.


FOOD TRUCK WARS ROLL INTO MONMOUTH PARK THIS SUNDAY

The first-ever Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars will roll into Monmouth Park this Sunday, May 27. Featuring 15 food trucks from across the eastern seaboard, the Food Truck Wars will feature cuisine ranging across all palette spectrums as participants battle to be named the People’s Choice for Best Food Truck.

Participating food trucks include: Max’s Hot Dogs, Red Hook Lobster, Pudgy’s Street Food, Rickshaw Dumplings, Kona Ice, The Taco Truck, Lil Dans Gourmet, Dellano’s Food Service, The French Quarter – A Taste of New Orleans LLC, Mustache Mobile, Cupcake Carnival and Thai Elephant Truck.

In addition, Monmouth Park’s beer garden returns featuring dozens of delicious brews. For just $10, fans receive 10 two-ounce samples plus a commemorative sampling glass.

Food trucks will be serving from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The beer garden opens at 12 p.m., with live Thoroughbred racing getting underway at 12:50 p.m.


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