Thursday, June 18 2009
GET FUNKY RETURNS TO DEFEND KERLAN CROWN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 17, 2009) — Defending champion Get Funky will head a field of nine in the $70,000-added Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap when racing resumes Thursday at Hollywood Park.
The eight-race program will feature a Pick Six carryover of $125,415. First post is at 1 p.m.
FAVORED GLAMOUR GUY CAPTURES FEATURE AT MONMOUTH
OCEANPORT, N.J. * David Garner’s Glamour Guy gained command in midstretch and went on to score by nearly two lengths in the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Wednesday.
The winner, who went off the favorite in the field of five older horses, paid $5.20, $3 and $2.20 across the board. The 5-year-old son of E Dubai, trained by Ralph Nicks and ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr., stopped the timer in 1:41 1/5 for the one mile and 70 yards on a fast main track.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Wednesday, June 17, 2009
PRESIOUS PASSION PUTS ON DISPLAY OF HEART IN U.N. PREP
Presious Passion, who turned in one of the gamest performances of his career to win Saturday’s Monmouth Stakes, is on course to seek a repeat in the $750,000 United Nations (G1) on July 4, trainer Mary Hartmann said.
“He came out of the race great, ate up everything,” Hartmann said. “He’s in good shape for the U.N.”
Monday, June 15 2009
FEARLESS LEADER, $34.40, UPSETS BLUE SPARKLER
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Rayzin the Bar Stables’ Fearless Leader sat off the early pace before grabbing the lead in the stretch and holding all rivals safe at bay in capturing the $70,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday by 2 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Michael Lerman, Fearless Leader raced the six furlongs over a track labeled “good” in 1:09 flat and returned $34.40 and $10.40 as the longest shot in the field of five fillies and mares. D’Wild Ride rallied from last to complete a $154.60 exacta and paid $4.20 to place. All Giving was third with Love for Not fourth and Access Fee, the post time favorite, last. There was no show wagering offered on the Blue Sparkler.
Sunday, June 14 2009
PRESIOUS PASSION DRAMATIC WINNER OF MONMOUTH STAKES
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Patricia A. Generazio’s Presious Passion ran one of the gamest races of his stellar career before a crowd of 14,204 at Monmouth Park on Saturday, as he fought back to regain the lead in midstretch, and then held off a determined Banrock at the finish for a nose victory in the $200,000 Monmouth Stakes, presented by IEAH Stables.
The 6-year-old son of Royal Anthem, trained by Mary Hartmann, gave jockey Elvis Trujillo his fourth win of the day and a sweep of the stakes events. Trujillo rode Chirac to victory in the $70,000 Skip Away Stakes the previous race.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, June 13, 2009
PACE WILL MAKE THE RACE FOR D’WILD RIDE SUNDAY
Same fillies, different finish is what trainer Joe Orseno is hoping for in Sunday’s $70,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes at six furlongs.
When last seen on the racetrack in the Red Cross Stakes here on May 10, the Orseno-trained D’Wild Ride was wearing down the front-running Access Fee inch by inch through the stretch, and might have got the job done if the race was six furlongs plus one jump. But at the end of six furlongs period, Access Fee was a head the best in 1:09 4/5.
Saturday, June 13 2009
GOLDEN ROCKETSHIP STRIKES LATE UNDER BEJARANO
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 12, 2009) — Golden Rocketship got up in the final stride under Rafael Bejarano to win Friday night's $48,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park by a nose over pacesetter Dancing Erin.
Golden Rocketship, owned by Dave and Herb Alpert, stalked the pacesetter and looked beaten early in the stretch, but gradually wore down the leader in the final sixteenth while covering six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:08.77.
Friday, June 12 2009
LUCKY JAMES RALLIES TO WIN FEATURE AT MONMOUTH BY NECK
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Lucky James wore down a stubborn Gulf Cat in the closing yards to score a neck victory in the $41,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday.
The winner, owned and trained by Eddie Broome and ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr., raced the six furlongs over a “good” track in 1:08 4/5 and paid $9.60, $3.60 and $3.80 across the board as second choice in the field of six older horses.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, June 12, 2009
KISS THE KID READY TO ROLL IN MONMOUTH STAKES ON TURF
Hardacre Farm’s Kiss the Kid, who has won on dry tracks, wet tracks and turf tracks, kicks off an ambitious summer in Saturday’s $200,000 Monmouth Stakes at a mile and an eighth on the grass.
Owner-trainer Amy Tarrant plans to give the 6-year-old horse every chance to add to his bankroll this Monmouth season before he is retired to stud.
MARY’S FOLLIES ROLLS TO VICTORY IN MONMOUTH FEATURE
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Mary’s Follies, a fast-closing second in a sprint stakes last out, appreciated some added distance at Monmouth Park on Thursday as she drew out through the stretch to win the $41,000 allowance feature by nearly three lengths.
The 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready raced the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44 flat over the “good” main track, and paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 across the board as the overwhelming 3-10 favorite in the field of seven fillies and mares.
Thursday, June 11 2009
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, June 11, 2009
TIME FOR PRESIOUS PASSION TO GET SERIOUS IN MONMOUTH STAKES
Saturday’s second running of the $200,000 Monmouth Stakes has the look of a graded event (as did the inaugural edition last year), and undoubtedly will catch the eye of the graded stakes committee. Until then, however, the mile and an eighth turf race will go in the books as a solid prep for the $750,000 United Nations Stakes (G1), Monmouth’s top grass offering of the season on July 4.
A field of nine was drawn for the Monmouth Stakes, a field that includes the Grade 1 winners Grand Couturier and Presious Passion, the Grade 2 winners Proudinsky and Strike a Deal, and the Grade 3 winners Kiss the Kid and Buddy’s Humor.
EVER ALWAYS, 1-20 CHOICE, DOMINATES MONMOUTH FEATURE
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Dennis Drazin’s Ever Always, sent off the 1-20 favorite, put on quite a show at Monmouth Park on Wednesday as she rolled to a 15 and a quarter-length victory in the $52,000 allowance feature.
The 3-year-old daughter of Mr. Nugget made the “good” track look fast as she raced the six furlongs in 1:08 2/5 for her third straight career win. She returned the minimum $2.10, $2.10, $2.10 across the board.