Saturday, May 23 2009
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, May 23, 2009
SANDI’S READY SET FOR TOP EFFORT IN LITTLE SILVER ON TURF
Sunday’s $65,000 Little Silver Stakes at one mile on the turf is the perfect proving grounds for 3-year-old fillies to show how their careers are progressing. It’s also a typical Monmouth stakes, in that it came up so tough even though it’s ungraded.
“It’s a good field for an ungraded stakes,” said trainer Cam Gambolati, who sends out a rapidly improving miss in Ol Memorial Stable & C.E. Glasscock’s Sandi’s Ready.
Friday, May 22 2009
B.B. BEST NEVER HEADED, SCORES BY NECK IN MONMOUTH FEATURE
OCEANPORT, N.J. * B.B. Best took command at the start and never looked back en route to an upset victory in the $48,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Friday.
The winner, trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. and ridden by Joe Bravo, held on to score by a neck over Power Game, the 4-5 favorite in the field of five. At the Disco was two and a quarter lengths farther back in third.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, May 22, 2009
JOEY P., WHO’S THE COWBOY RENEW OLD RIVALRY IN REILLY ‘CAP
Those old favorites of the Jersey Shore - Joey P. and Who’s the Cowboy - hook up again Saturday in the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap for state-breds. There are some other hard-knocking J-Breds in there, of course, but none have caught the imagination of fans quite like Joey and the Cowboy.
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, May 21, 2009
ELKWOOD TOPS SATURDAY CARD AS TURF RACING RETURNS
The turf course opens at Monmouth on Saturday, with three races scheduled on the 10-race card, including the $70,000 Elkwood Stakes at one mile.
“Everybody is happy to see turf racing back,” said trainer Pat McBurney, who as part of the Forbes-McBurney Team sends out Get Serious in the Elkwood. “The racing office, the fans, the horsemen all like the grass races because of the full fields. Although, to tell the truth,” McBurney said with a smile, “I wish this one was a three-horse field.”
Monday, May 18 2009
Monmouth Park Recap for Sunday, May 17, 2009
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Golden Dome Stable’s Arctic Rain shot through on the inside and drew clear late in the lane to win the $52,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday by a length and a quarter.
Trained by Mark Shuman, Arctic Rain stepped the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:11.68 and returned $3.80, $2.60 and $2.20 as the odds-on choice in the field of seven New Jersey-bred fillies and mares. Yankee Empress completed a $30 exacta and paid $7.80 and $3.60. It was another 4 ¾ lengths back to Juke Bocks Hero, who paid $4 to show.
Sunday, May 17 2009
Monmouth Park Recap for Saturday, May 16, 2009
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Brereton C. Jones’ On the Menu wore down a stubborn Bold Union in deep stretch and went on to score a neck victory before a crowd of 10,889 in the $65,000 Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
The 3-year-old filly trained by J. Larry Jones gave jockey Eddie Castro his fourth winner of the afternoon and returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40 across the board as the favorite in the field of six 3-year-old fillies. Brereton Jones, former Governor of Kentucky, was on hand to accept the trophy for winning the Just Smashing with his homebred filly.
Friday, May 15 2009
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, May 15, 2009
BOLD UNION BACK AT MONMOUTH FOR SATURDAY’S STAKES RACE
George and Lori Hall’s Bold Union, who has come back running this year, will take some catching in Saturday’s $65,000 Just Smashing Stakes.
Trainer Kelly Breen, who had the speedy 3-year-old filly entered in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Friday, decided to keep her home to run in Monmouth’s six-furlong feature.
Thursday, May 14 2009
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, May 14, 2009
MUSKET MAN GALLOPS AT MONMOUTH; SHIPS TO MD. SATURDAY
Eric Fein and Vic Carlson’s Musket Man, who is aiming to improve on his third place Kentucky Derby finish when he runs in Saturday’s $1.1 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico, galloped a mile and a half around the fast main track at Monmouth Thursday morning.
“He’s doing fine,” said trainer Derek Ryan, who brought the Yonaguska colt to his Monmouth home base immediately after the Run for the Roses. Musket Man had his final breeze for the Preakness at Monmouth on Tuesday morning when he zipped a half-mile in a bullet :46.60. At the Preakness draw on Wednesday, Musket Man drew Post 3 in the field of 13.
Monday, May 11 2009
Monmouth Park Recap for Sunday, May 10, 2009
Oceanport, N.J. * Sondra D. Bender’s Access Fee set a pressured pace early on before holding off the late charge of D’wild Ride to win the $70,000 Red Cross Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday before a crowd of 11,095.
Ridden by Luis Garcia, Access Fee covered the six furlongs in 1:09.90 and returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of five fillies and mares. D’wild Ride tried to get by the winner for most of the stretch, but finished a head behind and paid $6, $2.60. The exacta returned $26.40. By the Light was another three quarters of a length back in third, good for a $2.20 show mutuel.
Sunday, May 10 2009
Monmouth Park Recap for Saturday, May 9, 2009
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Monmouth Park roared out of the starting gate Saturday with solid gains in attendance and mutuel handle for the first day of a 94-day meeting.
A crowd of 10,292 was on hand to see Acting Zippy win the opening day feature, the $70,000 Decathlon Stakes, and on-track wagering topped $664,930.
Friday, May 08 2009
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, May 8, 2009
TALKIN ABOUT LOVE MAKES 2009 DEBUT VS. 5 IN RED CROSS STAKES
Is this the year the real Talkin About Love shows up in Monmouth stakes races? Owner-trainer-breeder Kevin Sleeter sure hopes so.
Sleeter has the 5-year-old mare entered in Sunday’s $70,000 Red Cross Stakes at six furlongs, and has already made plans to run her back in the Open Mind Handicap for state-breds on May 31.
Thursday, May 07 2009
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, May 7, 2009
HE’S SO CHIC PRIMED FOR BIG EFFORT IN OPENING DAY’S DECATHLON
Monmouth’s 2009 season kicks off with a bang Saturday, with a field of eight entered in the $70,000 Decathlon Stakes at six furlongs. The stakes will be run as the 10th event on an 11-race card, with first post set at 12:50 p.m.
The field includes one of Monmouth’s all-time favorites in Gerry Sleeter’s 7-year-old Who’s the Cowboy, and a former claimer turned speedster in the Scott Volk-trained Unwritten.