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.”
This season, the George and Lori Hall color bearer was third in the Holy Bull (G3), second in the Gotham (G3) and most recently third, beaten just a half-length in the Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico on May 5.
While he’s shown versatility in his running style, Breen was not offering any indication what we can expect from My Adonis come Saturday.
“We’ll all sit down and talk about it,” said Breen. “The Halls, myself, Ramon (jockey Dominguez) will get together and discuss the best course of action.”
As for last year’s Belmont Stakes winner, Breen said the Breeders’ Cup Classic is the ultimate goal this year for his now 4-year-old gelding by Roman Ruler.
“We’ll let him tell us when he’s ready,” the trainer said. “He worked well last Sunday (3 furlongs in :36 flat at Monmouth). There’s no race picked out for him, no definitive plan, we’ll just wait until he’s says he’s ready.”
Ruler On Ice was third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, earning $495,000 in the process. He’s made one start in 2012, an eighth-place finish in the Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park on February 11.
TRUJILLO, SEREY, GENERAZIO LEAD MP STANDINGS
With 10 days of live racing in the books, the races for top honors at Monmouth Park have Elvis Trujillo atop the jockey’s race, Juan Serey leading the trainer’s ranks and Patricia Generazio ahead of all owners.
Trujillo, top jockey here in 2009 and 2011, has 24 wins this meet, seven more than the 2010 leading jockey Paco Lopez. Joe Bravo, the 13-time leading Monmouth Park rider, is third with 14 trips to the winner’s circle.
In the trainer’s race, Juan Serey, who was leading conditioner here from 1995 through 1999, has six victories this season, one more than the sextet of Eddie Plesa Jr., Todd Pletcher, Bruce Alexander, Derek Ryan, Wesley Ward and Christophe Clement.
Over in the owner’s race, Patricia Generazio has five wins, two more than Darley Stud. Numerous outfits are tied in third with two victories apiece.
The 2012 Monmouth Park racing season runs through Sunday, Oct. 7.
MONMOUTH PARK TO OPEN AT 11:00 A.M. THIS SATURDAY
Monmouth Park Racetrack will open its doors at 11 a.m. this Saturday, as the track prepares to beam-in the entire simulcast card from Belmont Park, including I’ll Have Another’s historic run at the Triple Crown.
Belmont’s 13-race program gets underway at 11:35 a.m. Monmouth first post is set for 12:45 p.m.