UNBRIDLED HUMOR WELL SPOTTED FOR $100,000 VIOLET STAKES

Unbridled Humor will be looking for her first win of the year and her first graded stakes victory since last September when she goes postward in Monday’s Grade 3 $100,000 Violet Stakes. The mile and a sixteenth turf test is the first of Monmouth’s 17 graded stakes races to be contested during the meet.

Last time out on April 7 in a grass race at the same distance at Tampa Bay Downs, Unbridled Humor rallied to miss by only a head in the $75,000 Turf Distaff for Florida-bred fillies and mares. In her prior effort, the daughter of Distorted Humor, who is owned and was bred by Live Oak Plantation, faded late going longer but still hung tough for third in the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes at the same track.

“We wanted to give her a little bit of a freshening off of her Florida campaign,” said trainer Graham Motion. “I thought she ran very well in her last race in what was more competitive than how it would look on paper. This race seems like a good fit for her.”

Joe Rocco, Jr., who is based here for the meet, was aboard for her last two tries and retains the mount on Monday.

“That’s a big plus. He knows her and all of her idiosyncrasies. He fits her and he’s riding well right now,” Motion said.

On Saturday, the turf course was rated soft after recent heavy rains but Motion said that should not be a factor for Unbridled Humor, who won the Grade 3 Noble Humor Stakes at Belmont in 2011, as he expects the going to be firm by Monday afternoon.

Unbridled Humor has drawn post three in Monday’s Violet, which has attracted eight fillies and mares.


PLETCHER FILLIES LOOK STRONG IN SUNDAY STAKES

The $75,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes at 1 mile 70 yards on the main track and the $60,000 Little Silver Stakes at one mile on the turf highlight Sunday’s 12-race card and Todd Pletcher’s powerhouse stable will be well represented in both.

Savvy Supreme, a four-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor, is shipping in from Pletcher’s main base in New York for the Monmouth Beach and Dancing Solo and Georgie’s Angel, both of whom are based here under the watchful eye of Anthony Sciametta, will line up in the gate for the Little Silver restricted to 3-year-old fillies.

WinStar Farm’s Savvy Supreme is making her first start of the year and dropping down from Grade 1 company, but she should feel right at home here having won the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on this track last August.

Georgie’s Angel is by Bellamy Road, who was owned and bred by George Steinbrenner and was named for the late New York Yankees owner. This is also her initial start of the year, and the 2011 Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes winner came up empty when she last raced in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs this past October.

Dancing Solo, by Giant’s Causeway and well bred for the grass, has only raced on the surface in her maiden effort. She is winless on the Polytrack and the main track this year, but her dirt races were taken off the grass. Still, she was second in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park to stable mate In Lingerie, who went on to win the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan on Preakness Day. The barn is eager to get Dancing Solo in a turf race.

“The fillies are all doing great. Dancing Solo has been training really well and Georgie is an easy horse to train. She is aggressive in her gallops,” said Sciametta. “Now all they have to show up tomorrow afternoon.”


FAMILY FUN AND HOLIDAY WEEKEND EVENTS

Monmouth Park hosts the first-ever Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars this Sunday with over 15 trucks to choose from and a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Patrons over 21 may also taste their favorite brews in the Beer Garden. Beginning Sunday, and every Sunday through Labor Day will be Family Fun Day with free pony rides and children’s entertainment from noon to 4 p.m...There will be a special Memorial Day holiday live card on Monday with Family Fun Day scheduled, as well as a Grandstand pass giveaway to all paid admissions valid throughout the month of June. Post time is 12:50 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.