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A Tough Day For Two Tough Nine Year Olds

Today was a beautiful, warm and breezy, day at Monmouth Park. The track was the last stop in my 10 year son’s birthday celebration which included gymnastics, delicious burgers at Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, and water fun at the nearby Sprayground. We arrived at the track in time for today’s John J. Reilly Handicap.  I could not miss seeing this showdown for the best New Jersey-breds.


Between Joey P. (left) and Who’s the Cowboy, they have earned $2,000, 000 and won 35 races.  But today the two nine year olds had a tough day.  Joey P., always a fan favorite, was bet down to 2.90 to 1. In the field of 11, he finished last after racing in 4th position most of the way. Who’s the Cowboy was never really in contention and ended up running ninth.


The very popular low take out 50¢ Pick 5 paid a surprisingly large $622.35 considering the price of the winners.  That was great value for five horses that paid: $4.80, $6.40, $5.80, $10.80, and $3.00.  Those payoffs came in relatively small fields of 8, 7, 10, 8, and 5.  The Pick 5 is a wager well worth considering when you are betting Monmouth.


ABC’s of the Monmouth Hall of Champions - Today Bold Ruler: Bold Ruler is probably best known as the sire of the immortal Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Bold Ruler raced 33 times with 23-4-2 results and earnings of $764,204.  In his penultimate start he carried 134 lbs. for a mile and a quarter to win the 1958 Monmouth Handicap. Bold Ruler ranks 122 on the Horse Racing Nation list of the Top 250 Thoroughbreds of All-Time with an 8.96/10 rating.


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mshutty--The pick 5 are usually great value. I have another blog with my pick selections at MTH andyscoggin.blogspot.com. The main track has been playing fairly, depending on how the race sets up. The turf is getting harder without rain lately, so could get more speed favoring. Joe Bravo is a great turf rider! p
Hey Matt, that was a juicy Pick 5 for the prices of the winners. How has the dirt track and turf course played in the early going at Monnmouth?
Ugghh! 9th and 11th ... too bad for the old pros!

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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.


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