Thursday, July 05 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, July 5, 2012
TURBO COMPRESSOR LEADS UNITED NATIONS
Turbo Compressor was a useful stakes winner on the dirt last year but since Todd Pletcher switched him to the turf in March, the 4-year-old son of Dynaformer has inserted himself into the conversation about the nation’s top male grass horses.
Fresh off his impressive gate-to-wire win last out in the $500,000 Colonial Cup at Colonial Downs on June 16 when going one mile and three sixteenths on firm footing in 1:55, Turbo Compressor will be the likely favorite in the Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes. He’ll be asked to carry his speed one-half furlong farther on Saturday.
FIELD SET FOR GRADE 1 UNITED NATIONS ON SATURDAY
Seven seasoned and talented turf specialists will line up in the gate on Saturday when Monmouth Park presents the Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes to be contested at one-mile-and-three eighths. The United Nations is a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ event for the $3 million Turf on November 3.
Slim Shadey, who was second to 2011 Champion Older Male Acclamation by only one length last out in the Grade 1 Charlie Whittingham Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 9, is the sole invader from the West Coast. With regular rider David Flores in the irons, he’ll take on some of the Beasts of the East in this year’s older male grass horse division.
GET SERIOUS THREE-PEATS IN GRADE 3 RED BANK STAKES
OCEANPORT, N.J. – James Dinan and Phantom House Farm’s Get Serious was back to his winning ways on the 4th of July holiday card at Monmouth Park, capturing the Grade 3, $100,000 Red Bank Stakes by a half-length.
Get Serious set the pace, was headed down the backstretch by El Commodore and then drew away from that foe, stopping the timer in 1:32.63 for the mile over firm turf. The 8-year-old gelding paid $12.40, $7.20 and $4 across the board and topped a $140 exacta. El Commodore returned $11.40 to place and $5.20 to show. It was another length and a quarter back to Queen’splatekitten, who paid $2.80 to show. Lubash, the 2-1 favorite in the field of six colts and geldings, checked in fourth.
Saturday, June 30 2012
MADRILENA GAME WINNER IN FRIDAY FEATURE
Oceanport, N.J. – Daniel M. Ryan’s Madrilena set the pace and then courageously held on through the stretch to win the $44,000 allowance optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon by a nose.
Trained by Anthony Dutrow, Madrilena covered five furlongs over a firm turf course in :55 1/5 and returned $13, $5 and $4.40. The fast-closing Revenge had to settle for second, completing the $68.20 exacta and paying $4 to place and $3.20 to show. It was another length and a quarter back to Wardelle, who paid $9.40 to show.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, June 29, 2012
QUAINTLY MAY BE HEADED TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Quaintly, who carried the colors of Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrrick Smith in Ireland before being sent to America and trainer Patrick Biancone earlier this year, has been nominated to the Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes here on July 7. She’s the only filly among the 18 turf specialists nominated and now she needs to tell her trainer if she’s ready for the race, which is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” for the $3 million Turf this fall.
“We have to work her this weekend (in Southern California) but we’re booked to come here. She’ll stretch her legs and we’ll see how she comes out of it. She’s booked on a plane for Monday and we will decide Sunday if she’s going to be on it,” said Biancone, who was on the Monmouth backside on Friday morning. “If she’s perfect, she’ll be on the plane. When you run them back a bit quickly, you need to make sure that everything is alright.”
Thursday, June 28 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, June 28, 2012
WESLEY WARD HAS FAST FILLY IN TURF SPRINT
Wesley Ward is off to an incendiary start so far this meet, winning with seven of 11 starters, and the owner/trainer has an excellent chance of improving the barn’s high percentage when Sweet and Lowdown takes on eight other fillies and mares three and older in Friday’s featured $44,000 allowance optional claiming race.
The five furlong dash over the turf course looks like a sweet spot for the filly, who shares her name with the 1999 Woody Allen film that garnered Sean Penn and Samantha Morton Academy Award nominations in their acting categories.
18 NOMINATED FOR GRADE 1, $500,000 UNITED NATIONS STAKES
Monmouth Park’s top event for turf runners, the Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations Stakes, has attracted 18 nominations including some local favorites as well as international flair.
The U.N., to be renewed for the 59th time this year, is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race, with the victor getting an automatic berth to the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.
Monday, June 18 2012
27,532 WATCH LE BERNARDIN SCORE IN PEGASUS STAKES
Oceanport, N.J. –Le Bernardin dug in down the lane to gamely capture the Grade 3 $100,000 Pegasus Stakes as Inspired posted a front-running score in the $60,000 Fort Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday before a record Father’s Day crowd of 27,532.
“Monmouth Park has certainly stamped itself the place to be on Father’s Day,” said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack. “We are thankful for the great crowd that came out to the races and enjoyed a terrific afternoon of family fun and racing. We can only hope to continue to build on this great success for years to come.”
APPRENTICE KEIBER COA OFF TO FAST START
He arrived at Monmouth Park with a famous last name and a legend to follow. Now Keiber Coa is marking his own trail.
The 18-year-old apprentice jockey is the son of Eibar Coa, who was the leading rider here in 2001 and 2002 and won more than 22 riding titles and 4,000 races, including the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, in his career. The younger Coa has only ridden in just over 100 races, but he’s already notched hat tricks on successive live racing days at Monmouth on June 3 and June 8 and heads are turning.
Thursday, June 14 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, June 14, 2012
NINE-YEAR-OLD PRESIOUS PASSION RETIRED
The career of multiple Grade 1 winner and grass specialist Presious Passion, who finished second in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf and has been a longtime favorite at Monmouth Park, has come to an end.
The 9-year-old gelded son of Royal Anthem out of the Marquetry mare Princesa’s Passion ran his final race this past Sunday, when he finished next to last in the Grade 2 $200,000 Monmouth Stakes.
SEATS SELLING FAST FOR JULY 29 HASKELL INVITATIONAL
With the connections of Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags and Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister indicating a start in the July 29 Haskell Invitational could be next for their star colts, seats for Monmouth Park’s signature event are selling fast.
Clubhouse and Grandstand reserved seats range in price from $10 to $17. A handful of box seats remain for purchase and are priced at $12.
Sunday, June 10 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, June 9, 2012
Data Link may very well go postward as the favorite in the field of eight entered for Sunday’s Grade 2 $200,000 Monmouth Stakes and his connections expect that the Stuart Janney III homebred will not disappoint.
“He’s primed and ready to go. He should really like that turf course and the firm footing,” said assistant Bobby Medina, who will accompany trainer Shug McGaughey when the 4-year-old son of War Front makes the short trip from their base at Belmont Park for the one mile and one eighth race on the grass at Monmouth.