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.
Wednesday’s stakes victory was the first since Sept. 5, 2010, when Get Serious captured that year’s Red Bank Stakes as the 3-5 favorite. He won the race in 2009 as the 13-10 choice. The Red Bank was not contested in 2011.
“We thought he was going to be back to himself this year and he’s proved it,” said winning trainer John Forbes. “We were concerned when he was getting pushed a little for most of the way, but he’s as game as they get. As he’s gotten older, he’s learned to relax more when there’s a horse on his flank.
“We’ve had him for his whole career and we’ve had a terrific time with him. We’re very proud of him. I hope that he’ll be back in other stakes here this year.”
A son of City Zip from the Java Gold mare Java Gal, Get Serious has now banked $1,098,091 for his connections. The New York-bred sports a lifetime record of 14-2-3 from 37 starts, with 13 of those victories coming in Oceanport.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, July 6 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.