Monday, August 06 2012


RIP ROARIN RITCHIE GATE TO WIRE IN THE TRYO STAKES


Oceanport, N.J. – Richard Ravin’s Rip Roarin Ritchie took command out of the gate and held off the late charges of I’m Boundtoscore and Itsmyluckyday to take the $60,000 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday by a half-length.

Trained by Wesley Ward, Rip Roarin Ritchie stepped the five furlongs over firm turf in :56.46 and returned $3.60, $2.60 and $2.20 as the odds-on choice in the field of eight 2-year-olds. I’m Boundtoscore completed the $12.20 exacta and paid $3.40 to place and $2.20 to show. It was another neck back to Itsmyluckyday, who paid $3 to show.





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Sunday, August 05 2012


CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE CAPTURES MY FRENCHMAN STAKES


Oceanport, N.J. – Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge drew off down the lane to post a 2 ½ length victory in the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Ridden by Paco Lopez, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner covered the about 5 ½ furlong distance over firm turf in 1:01 4/5 and returned $4.40, $3 and $2.60 as the 6-5 favorite in the field of nine. Ju Jitsu Jax completed the $36.60 exacta and paid $7 to place and $4 to show. It was another half-length back to Just Chillin Boss, who paid $4.20 to show.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, August 4, 2012


JUVENILES TRY THE TURF IN THE TYRO STAKES

The connections of the eight two-year-olds in the field hope their young charges can take a big step forward in Sunday’s $60,000 Tyro Stakes, the first stakes races for juveniles so far at the meet. The five furlong test on the turf course has long been considered a prep race for the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes, to be run at six furlongs on the main track here on September 1.

Although I’m Boundtoscore is already a stakes winner on the grass, as well as the only entrant to yet compete in stakes company, he’s not the early favorite. That distinction belongs to Rip Roarin Ritchie.





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Saturday, August 04 2012


KLONDIKE KATE ROMPS IN FRIDAY FEATURE


Oceanport, N.J. – Cudney Stables and John Gunther’s Klondike Kate drew off down the lane to win the $42,000 allowance optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon by a 2 ¾ lengths.

Trained by Allen Iwinski, Klondike Kate covered the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10 4/5 and returned $6.40, $4.80 and $3.20 as the 2-1 favorite the field of eight fillies and mares. Red Over Blue was second best, completing the $79.80 exacta and paying $13.20 to place and $6.20 to show. It was another 2 ¾ lengths back to Angel Dreams, who paid $3.60 to show.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, August 3, 2012


THE HUNK LOOKS GOOD FOR SATURDAY STAKES

In 13 career efforts The Hunk has only run on the grass and at the distance once, but his trainer is hoping that that the 5-year-old horse’s sire will help get him to the finish line first in Saturday’s $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes.

“He’s by Speightstown and he gets some good turf sprinters,” said Ben Perkins, Jr., who saddled The Hunk when he won the John J. Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-breds on the Monmouth Park main strip two races back.





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Friday, August 03 2012


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, August 2, 2012


BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT WINNER RUNS SATURDAY



He’s loaded with back class, loves the grass and the distance of 5 ½ furlongs. Now 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge will try to pick up his first win this year when he makes his first appearance at Monmouth Park in the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes on Saturday.

“He’s a hard-knocking old horse,” said Tom Morgan, the assistant to trainer Bret Calhoun. “He’s also a temperamental horse.”





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Monday, July 30 2012


PAYNTER EXITS HASKELL IN ‘GREAT’ SHAPE HEADS BACK TO CALIFORNIA TUESDAY


Oceanport, N.J. – Zayat Stables LLC’s Paynter is reported in great shape following his nearly four length romp in Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Racetrack.

“He came out great,” said trainer Bob Baffert, who earned a record sixth Haskell win and third in a row on Sunday. “He ships back to California tomorrow and will go next in the Travers (at Saratoga on Aug. 25).”





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Haskell Day Undercard Stakes Recap


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Team Forster’s Brushed By a Star used her sharp turn of foot to become a graded stakes winner at Monmouth Park Sunday, leading all the way to upset the $200,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (G2) by a length and a half to highlight the Haskell Day undercard stakes.

In the day’s other graded events, Laughing made most of the pace to take the 46th running of the Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (G3) on turf, and Tune Me In was a 25-1 winner of the 66th edition of the Oceanport Stakes (G3).





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PAYNTER ROLLS TO VICTORY IN $1 MILLION HASKELL INVITATIONAL


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Zayat Stables’ Paynter put on a brilliant show in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) on Sunday, drawing off for an easy score to give trainer Bob Baffert an unprecedented sixth victory and third straight in Monmouth Park’s signature event before a crowd of 35,253.

The bay colt by Awesome Again, who came close in the Belmont Stakes last out when he finished just a neck behind Union Rags, put himself squarely in the 3-year-old championship picture as he made his even-money starting price look like a bargain in the Haskell.





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Saturday, July 28 2012


WILD RAINBOW PREVAILS IN FRIDAY FEATURE


Oceanport, N.J. – New Farm’s Wild Rainbow prevailed after a long duel in the stretch to win the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon by a neck.

Trained by Ben Perkins Jr., Wild Rainbow covered the five furlongs over a good turf course in :56 1/5 and returned $9.80, $5.60 and $4.80 as a 7-2 choice in the field of eight fillies and mares. Natalie’s Goal was second best, completing the $83.40 exacta and paying $8 to place and $4.80 to show. It was another 2 ½ lengths back to No Splits, who paid $7.60 to show.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, July 27, 2012


Oceanport, N.J. – The contenders for the $1 million Haskell Invitational were out on the track either at Monmouth or Saratoga on Friday morning and some were scheduled for afternoon lessons as they were fine-tuned for Sunday’s Grade 1 race at Monmouth Park.

In post position order, the following is a recap of the activity:





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BOB BAFFERT AFTER RECORD THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY SUNDAY


OCEANPORT, N.J. – The road to this year’s 3-year-old championship runs through Monmouth Park on Sunday when a field of six lines up for the 45th running of the $1 million Haskell Invitational (Grade 1), the signature event of Monmouth’s summer season.

The Haskell, which has produced seven divisional champions in the last 11 years, plus a Horse of the Year in 2009 winner Rachel Alexandra, has drawn the leading 3-year-olds still in training, topped by Paynter, beaten just a neck in the Belmont Stakes; Dullahan, third behind I’ll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby, and Gemologist, winner of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in April.





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