Friday, July 27 2012


PAYNTER INSTALLED AS 3-2 FAVORITE FOR $1 MILLION HASKELL


Oceanport, N.J. – Paynter, the runner-up in the Belmont Stakes in his last race, has been installed the 3-2 morning line favorite for the Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

Five-time Haskell-winning trainer Bob Baffert is sending the son of Awesome Again from his Southern California base and Paynter will break from post position three in the field of six 3-year-olds entered on Thursday.





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Thursday, July 26 2012


GEMOLOGIST CONFIRMED FOR $1 MILLION HASKELL


Oceanport, N.J. – Gemologist will be in the starting gate for the 45th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday.

“He is going to run. He’s definite,” said trainer Todd Pletcher when reached by phone at Saratoga on Wednesday morning. “He has been training extremely well and we are very pleased with how he is coming into the race.”





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Wednesday, July 25 2012


DULLAHAN ARRIVES FOR SUNDAY’S $1 MILLION HASKELL


Oceanport, N.J. -- Count Dale Romans among the card-carrying members of the Paynter Fan Club.

“I am a huge fan of Paynter’s,” Romans said when discussing his horse’s rival in Sunday’s Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Invitational while on a conference call with national media members on Tuesday afternoon. “He’s the horse to beat and will be out there running. We’ll have to run him down.”





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Monday, July 23 2012


COLONY CLUB, $54.40, UPSETS FOES IN KLASSY BRIEFCASE


Oceanport, N.J. – Alexandra White’s Colony Club wore down pacesetter Inspired in the shadow of the wire to capture the $60,000 Klassy Briefcase Stakes by a neck on Sunday afternoon at Monmouth Park.

Trained by the owner, Colony Club covered the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:02.52 and returned $54.40, $13.80 and $5 across the board. Pacesetter Inspired, dispatched as the even money favorite, completed the $149 exacta and paid $3.20 and $2.20. It was a nose back to hard-charging Sounds of the City, who returned $3.60 to show.





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MARIO GUTIERREZ TO RIDE HANDSOME MIKE IN HASKELL


Trainer Doug O’Neill said on Sunday that Handsome Mike is headed to the Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Invitational and Mario Gutierrez will ride the colt, who is owned by J. Paul Reddam. Handsome Mike and the jockey will partner for the first time.

O’Neill, Gutierrez, and Reddam are the same connections for the recently retired I’ll Have Another, who won this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.





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Monday, July 16 2012


MORROW COVE DOMINATES IN SERENA’S SONG


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Paul C. Pompa, Jr.’s Morrow Cove dominated six other sophomore fillies as she drew off through the lane to prevail by 4 ¾ lengths in the $75,000 Serena’s Song Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Morrow Cove covered the 1 mile 70 yards over a fast main track in 1:43:69 and returned $9.80, $3.80 and $3. Odds-on favorite Moment In Dixie rallied from the back of the pack to complete the $24.40 exacta and paid $2.60 and $2.20. It was another three lengths back to Ainsley, who paid $3.60 to show.





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PLACE PICK 6 CARRYOVER OF $5,576 INTO FRIDAY’S CARD


OCEANPORT, N.J. – No one picked a winning combination in Sunday’s Place Pick 6 at Monmouth Park, creating a carryover of $5,576 for next Friday’s program.

The Place Pick 6 comprises races four through nine, is a 50-cent wager, and has a takeout rate of just 15 percent.





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Monday, July 09 2012


MY ADONIS VICTORIOUS IN LONG BRANCH STAKES


Oceanport, N.J. – My Adonis moved to the lead along the backstretch, drew off in the stretch and then held off a hard-charging Macho Macho to capture the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes by a half length as Royal Currier scored by the identical margin in the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

Owned by George and Lori Hall, My Adonis covered the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main track in 1:44.98 and paid $5.40, $2.80 and $2.40. Macho Macho rallied to complete the $13.60 exacta and paid $2.60 and $2.40. It was another 10 ¾ of a length back to Window Boy, who paid 2.80 to show.



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Sunday, July 08 2012


BRAVO, PLETCHER TEAM TO TAKE GRADE 1 U.N. WITH TURBO COMPRESSOR, GRADE 2 MONMOUTH CUP WITH RULE


Oceanport, N.J. – Jockey ‘Jersey Joe’ Bravo and trainer Todd Pletcher enjoyed a banner day at Monmouth Park on Saturday, capturing the Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations Stakes with Turbo Compressor less than a half-hour after winning the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Cup with Rule.

“What a day,” said Bravo, after recording his first win in the United Nations. “I’m very fortunate to have ridden two great horses this afternoon. Todd is simply the best.”





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, July 7, 2012


MY ADONIS CONTESTS HASKELL PREP RACE

The aptly-named My Adonis looked stunning on the morning before his first time in the starting gate at Monmouth Park this season and trainer Kelly John Breen pronounced him fit and ready for Sunday’s $100,000 Long Branch Stakes.

The Long Branch, to be contested at one-mile-and-a-sixteenth over the main track, is the final prep race for the $1 million Haskell at one-mile-and-an-eighth here on July 29. My Adonis could be in perfect position to get back to his winning ways this Sunday.





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Saturday, July 07 2012


CAROLE’S LOVE GAME WINNER IN FRIDAY FEATURE


Oceanport, N.J. – See You Stable’s Carole’s Love set the pace and then dug in down the stretch to win the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon by a head.

Trained by Dale Capuano, Carole’s Love covered five furlongs over a firm turf course in :55 1/5 and returned $4.80, $2.60 and $2.10. The fast-closing Sounds of the City had to settle for second, completing the $14.60 exacta and paying $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show. It was another length and a half back to Must Be Love, who paid $3 to show.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, July 6, 2012


SLIM SHADEY CONTESTS GRADE 1 UNITED NATIONS

Will the real Slim Shadey show up for Saturday’s Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes? His trainer thinks so.

“He’s been training extremely well. He shipped over to Monmouth (from Southern California) a couple of days ago and he galloped a mile and a half over the track this morning. He’s taken the journey very well,” said trainer Simon Callaghan, who has come to Monmouth for the first time to saddle the horse “We feel we’ve got him in really good form. We’re looking forward to this race.”





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