Wednesday, June 10 2009
O’NEILL HOLDS A PAIR IN THURSDAY’S CINDERELLA STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 10, 2009) — Doug O’Neill, who saddled Classical Slew to win the first 2-year-old stakes race of the meet a week ago, will try to win the first juvenile filly stakes race Thursday with Repo and Southern Fireball in the $70,000 Cinderella.
O’Neill, who sent out stablemates Classical Slew and Track N Attack to finish first and sixth, respectively, in the Willard L. Proctor Memorial, leads the trainers’ standings with 22 wins through 31 racing days. Seven of the victories have come in 2-year-old races.
Monday, June 08 2009
ALL IS VANITY PROVES BEST IN GRADE 3 EATONTOWN
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Jedburgh Stud’s All is Vanity rallied down the center of the turf course to post a neck victory in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes as Janet L. Wayson’s Great Love powered past the pacesetters in the stretch to post a length and a quarter win in the Rumson Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
All is Vanity, sent off the second choice in the field of eight fillies and mares, returned $7.20, $4.60 and $3.20 after stepping the mile and sixteenth over a turf course rated “good” in 1:41 3/5. Quiet Meadow completed the $55.80 exacta and paid $10.20 and $6. It was another length and half back to Chestoria, who paid $7.40 to show. Ariege, the post time favorite, checked in fourth.
IEAH STABLES TO BE PRESENTING SPONSOR OF MONMOUTH STAKES
OCEANPORT, N.J. * IEAH Stables, an Eclipse Award finalist in 2008 for leading owner, will once again be the presenting sponsor of Monmouth Park’s $200,000 Monmouth Stakes, scheduled for Saturday, June 13, at a mile and an eighth on turf.
Last year’s inaugural running of the Monmouth Stakes was captured by IEAH’s star runner Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Haskell. For this year’s second running of the Monmouth Stakes, the entire day will be dedicated to Big Brown, starting with the Big Brown bobblehead giveaway to all paid admissions. In addition, winner’s circle ceremonies will be held to inaugurate Big Brown as the newest member of Monmouth Park’s Hall of Champions and there will be an autograph session with IEAH president Michael Iavarone.
Saturday, June 06 2009
GO GO SHOOT NEVER HEADED IN LONGFELLOW AT MONMOUTH
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Repole Stable’s Go Go Shoot took command at the start, and by the eighth pole was gone, gone, gone as he won Saturday’s $70,000 Longfellow Stakes by nine and a half widening lengths before a crowd of 12,803 at Monmouth Park.
In the day’s second feature, Reata’s Quik Punch employed similar front-running tactics to capture the $60,000 Candy Éclair Stakes for fillies and mares, a race that was moved from the turf to the main track.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, June 6, 2009
EATONTOWN ON SUNDAY KICKS OFF GRADED STAKES PROGRAM
Monmouth Park’s graded stakes program gets off to a flying start on Sunday with eight fillies and mares entered in the $150,000 Eatontown Stakes (G3) at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.
The Eatontown is the first of 13 major races on Monmouth’s schedule this summer, a schedule that includes two Grade 1 events * the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 and the $750,000 United Nations Stakes on July 4 * and the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Stakes on Aug. 30, with a purse of $300,000.
Friday, June 05 2009
NACHO FRIEND IMPRESSIVE WINNER AT MONMOUTH FRIDAY
OCEANPORT, N.J. * George and Lori Hall’s Nacho Friend swung wide for the drive before drawing away from his competitors to capture the $38,000 maiden special weight feature at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon.
Trained by Kelly John Breen and ridden by Joe Bravo, Nacho Friend covered the five furlongs over a sloppy track in :58 flat and returned $22, $9.20 and $9.80. Kissy Boy, who finished six lengths behind the winner, paid $6.60 and $6.80 and completed the $126 exacta. Crosswicks rallied from last to third and returned $13.60. Mississippi Hippie, sent off the 3-5 favorite, led early, but tired to seventh and last in the field of 2-year-old colts.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, June 5, 2009
ORSENO HAS A RUNNER IF CANDY ÉCLAIR COMES OFF THE TURF
Saturday’s $60,000 Candy Éclair Stakes is scheduled for five and a half furlongs on the turf. Given the rainy weather the past few days, there’s every chance the event for fillies and mares will be run at five and a half furlongs on the main track.
Which would be just fine with trainer Joe Orseno, who has entered Reata’s Quik Punch and D’Wild Ride for “main track only.”
B.B. BEST WINS FEATURE AT MONMOUTH FOR THIRD STRAIGHT
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Bea Oxenberg & Laurie Plesa’s B.B. Best wore down the front-running Formal King in deep stretch and went on to capture Thursday’s $48,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park for his third straight victory.
The winner, trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. and ridden by Joe Bravo, raced the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43 flat over the sloppy main track, and paid $11.40 and $3.80 as third choice in the field of five. Formal King, the 3-5 favorite, returned $2.60 to place and completed the $21.60 exacta. There was no show wagering.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, June 4, 2009
LEVINE GETS GO GO SHOOT READY TO GO IN LONGFELLOW SATURDAY
Saturday’s $70,000 Longfellow Stakes at six furlongs drew a field of nine older horses, with one name * Benny the Bull * standing out.
The Rick Dutrow-trained Eclipse Award champion sprinter, who has not run in nearly 11 months, is also entered in the Grade 2 True North Handicap Saturday at Belmont, a race he won last year.
Thursday, June 04 2009
JASMINE GARDENS CAPTURES FEATURE AT MONMOUTH
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Jasmine Gardens outdueled Roxyana through the stretch and drew off near the finish to score a two-length victory in the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Wednesday.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Wednesday, June 3, 2009
MUSKET MAN RESUMES TRAINING FOR HASKELL INVITATIONAL
Musket Man, who was given a short break after finishing third in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, resumed galloping at Monmouth Park Wednesday as he begins preparations for his next start, the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) on Sunday, August 2.
“I wanted to give him another week off,” said trainer Derek Ryan, “but he didn’t want to be down on the farm. He was tearing up the place, so we brought him back to the track.”
Monday, June 01 2009
LOVE THAT DANCE GOES ALL THE WAY IN OPEN MIND HANDICAP
OCEANPORT, N.J. * John Petrini’s Love That Dance took command at the bell and never looked back, posting a 3 ½ length win in the Open Mind Handicap at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
Trained by Ben Perkins Jr., Love That Dance carved out fractions of :22 2/5 for the quarter and :45 1/5 for the half before reporting home in 1:09 2/5 for the six furlongs over a fast main track. The filly by Not For Love returned $14, $5.80 and $4 across the board and topped a $226.80 exacta. Love For Not, the longest shot in the field of six fillies and mares, returned $16.60 and $6.60. It was another length and three quarters back to Open Skies, who paid $4.20 to show. Way With Words, sent off the odds-on choice, never fired and finished fifth.