Saturday, June 09 2012


SLOANE RANGER UPSETS IN FRIDAY FEATURE AT MONMOUTH


Oceanport, N.J. – Vicki Schowe’s Pennsylvania homebred Sloane Ranger courageously rallied between horses in the stretch to capture the $52,000 allowance/optional claiming feature by a half-length at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon.

Ridden by Keibar Coa and getting from nine to seven pounds from the rest of the field, Sloane Ranger covered the six furlongs in 1:09 on a fast track and returned $12.20, $5.80 and $4. Escrow Kid completed the $98.20 exacta and paid $8.60 and $4.20. It was another half-length back to Golddigger’s Boy, who paid $3 to show. Odds-on favorite Travelin Man failed to fire inside the eighth pole and finished fourth.





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Friday, June 08 2012


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, June 8, 2012


STOPSHOPPINGMARIA BEGINS SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN

When Mike Repole’s highly regarded filly Stopshoppingmaria last appeared on the racetrack on November 4, she was leading the field into deep stretch in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs before being passed right near the wire by the winner. On Saturday she’ll make her 2012 debut for trainer Todd Pletcher in the $60,000 Crank It Up Stakes for three-year-old fillies to be run on the turf at five and a half furlongs.

The dark bay daughter of More Than Ready has turned in a steady series of works at Belmont Park and in four lifetime starts she has never finished out of the money.





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Thursday, June 07 2012


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Wednesday, June 6, 2012


BREEN AGAIN LOOKING FOR UPSET IN SATURDAY’S BELMONT STAKES

All eyes, well most eyes, will be glued to post 11 for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes - that’s where I’ll Have Another will break from as he goes for the Triple Crown. But one stall to his outside will be My Adonis, and Monmouth Park-based trainer Kelly John Breen will have his eyes focused on him as the 3-year-old colt looks to give the 43-year-old trainer back-to-back upsets in Saturday’s Classic.

“We’re just trying to repeat what we did last year,” said Breen, who conditioned Ruler On Ice to a 24-1 victory in last year’s Belmont Stakes. “I like being on the outside. In a race like this, post position doesn’t really come into play.”





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Monday, June 04 2012


LITTLE KIARA PROVES BEST IN OPEN MIND ‘CAP


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Little Kiara, a homebred for Smith and Ko-Ko-Mo Stables, unleashed a furious rally down the stretch to capture the $60,000 Open Mind Handicap at Monmouth Park on Sunday by a nose.

Sent off at 7-1 in the field of eight New Jersey-bred fillies and mares, Little Kiara covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10 3/5 and returned $16.60, $6.40 and $4. Emily Allstar completed the $61.40 exacta and paid $4.80 and $3.20. It was another half-length back to Salad Girl, who paid $3.20 to show. Post time favorite Little Stitch was among the early pace setters but faded in the lane.





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Sunday, June 03 2012


THE HUNK PROVES STRONGEST IN REILLY ‘CAP


OCEANPORT, N.J. – New Farm’s The Hunk flexed his fast foot right from the bell and never looked back in the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap at Monmouth Park on Saturday, reporting home a 2 ¼ length winner.

Sent off the 5-2 second choice in the field of 11 New Jersey-bred colts and geldings, The Hunk covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10 1/5 and returned $7.20, $3.40 and $3. Hop Skip and Away completed the $46.20 exacta and paid $7 and $4.20. It was another length back to post-time favorite Bombast, who paid $2.60 to show.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, June 2, 2012


LITTLE STITCH SHOOTS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT STAKES WIN

The Who Did It and Run Stakes victress will try to go two-for-two in 2012 in New Jersey-bred stakes for fillies and mares when she takes on a field of seven in Sunday’s $60,000 Open Mind Handicap.

The homebred, who is trained by Joe Jennings, will go postward as the 121 top weight. Last out, she won five furlongs going gate-to-wire on the Meadowlands turf course. She adds a furlong and switches to the main track on Sunday, but will see some familiar rivals in the starting gate. Salad Girl, the 2011 champion 2-year-old state-bred filly, and Cee the Country and Ima Jersey Girl, both of whom are trained by Gregg Sacco, couldn’t best Little Stitch in the Who Did it and Run on May 4, but will try again in the Open Mind.





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Saturday, June 02 2012


TEAM TAKES FRIDAY FEATURE AT MONMOUTH


Oceanport, N.J. – Schaffel, Collins and Schwartz’ Team staged a powerful rally and dug in through the lane to catch favored Naskarra just before the wire and win the featured $44,000 allowance/optional claiming race by a nose at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon.

Ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by Christophe Clement, Team overcame a slow pace up front and covered the mile-and-a-sixteenth over firm turf in 1:43 and returned $6.20, $3 and $4 as the 2-1 second choice in the field of six fillies and mares. Odds-on favorite Naskarra completed the $14.80 exacta and paid $2.60 and $2.10. It was another three-quarters of a length back to Island Time, who paid $2.80 to show.





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Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, June 1, 2012


DEFENDING CHAMPION NEW JERSEY-BRED BACK ON TRACK

Hermosillo, the 2011 New Jersey-bred champion Handicap Horse and Horse of the Year, will make the first start of his 2012 campaign on Saturday when he takes on 11 other state-breds in the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap.

“He’s ready. He’s eight-years-old and a pure professional. He knows when he’s running and he sure knows what to do. He’s all class,” said Nick Galati, the assistant to trainer Stephen DiMauro. “The one thing he doesn’t know is how old he is. He thinks he’s still a two-year-old.”





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Wednesday, May 30 2012


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, May 30, 2012


NEW 12:45 PM POST TIME BEGINS WITH FRIDAY’S CARD

Monmouth Park will move to a new post time of 12:45 p.m. as it begins a three-day live racing schedule this Friday, June 1. The racetrack will continue with a three-day schedule through Sept. 2, with the addition of holiday cards on July 4 and Sept. 3 (Labor Day). The 12:45 post will carry through the season with the exception of Haskell Day, July 29, when post time will be noon, and four twilight cards on the last four
Thursdays in August – post time will be 4 p.m.





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Tuesday, May 29 2012


RUTHENIA VICTORIOUS IN MONMOUTH’S VIOLET STAKES


Oceanport, N.J. – Ruthenia unleashed a powerful stretch rally to capture the Grade 3 $100,000 Violet Stakes as Maple Forest won the $60,000 Little Silver in gate-to-wire fashion at Monmouth Park on Monday.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Ruthenia came from well off the pace before prevailing by a length, stopping the timer in 1:40.68 for the mile and one sixteenth over a firm turf course.





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Monday, May 28 2012


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Sunday, May 27, 2012


WHIPSAW CITY CONTESTS MONDAY’S $100,000 VIOLET STAKES

The first graded stakes of the meet came up mighty tough and Whipsaw City will invade from New York to take on some very accomplished fillies and mares in the Grade 3 $100,000 Violet Stakes to be run at 1 1/16 mile over the turf course.

“My filly is doing really well right now,” said trainer Chad Brown when reached by phone Sunday morning. “You can throw out her last race. Her two races on the turf were good and that’s why she’s in this race.”





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Sunday, May 27 2012


PANTS ON FIRE BACK TO WINNING WAYS – TAKES SKIP AWAY STAKES


Oceanport, N.J. -- Pants On Fire rewarded his backers who sent him off as the 2-5 favorite, taking the $75,000 Skip Away Stakes by a length as Malibu Way captured the $60,000 Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Racing in the colors of George and Lori Hall, Pants On Fire sat off early fractions of :23 2/5 for the quarter and :47 for the half-mile before assuming command at the head of the stretch and holding off the late challenge of Norman Asbjornson.





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