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Racing At The Jersey Shore

Two Strong Fields at Monmouth: U.N. and Salvatore Mile

While short fields in graded stakes races have been common the last couple of weekends, Monmouth Park has come up with two very interesting and competitive contests in the Salvatore Mile (G3) and the United Nations (G1).
 
The United Nations Stakes was first run in 1953, at a distance of 1 3/16 miles at Atlantic City Race Course. At the time Atlantic City was one of the few tracks in the country that had a turf course. Many of the best grass runners won the race there: Round Table, Dr. Fager, Hawaii, Run the Gantlet, Tentam, Halo, and Manila.
 
In 1999 the UN moved to Monmouth Park and changed to a distance of 1 3/8 Miles. Today the UN and the Haskell are the two grade one stakes run at the Jersey Shore.
 
The United Nations is the fourth Breeders’ Cup Challenge race of 2013, and the first in the United States. This “Win and You’re In” race guarantees the winner a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on November 2nd. There will be six more opportunities this year to get in to the Turf.
 
In 2013 there are a total of 67 Challenge races to be run around the world. Last year 45 horses took this path and actually went on to the Breeders’ Cup Championships.
 
The field for this year’s UN is headlined by Little Mike, who last year won three grade ones and over $2.6 million, including his stunning victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at 17-1. Little Mike looks to rebound from two uncharacteristically poor efforts in Dubai. Joel Rosario will try for yet another big race victory this year as he rides Little Mike for the first time.
 
The Coach, D. Wayne Lukas, enters Skyring after his stunning 24-1 gate to wire win in the Dixie at Pimlico on Preakness Day. Gary Stevens comes to New Jersey to try and continue the recent Hall of Fame magic that he and Lukas have had.
 
The 2011 United Nations winner, Teaks North, who won a recent overnight stake at Belmont, will hope to stay unbeaten in five tries on the Monmouth Park turf. Teaks North will be going from this race to the July Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age sale as hip #347.
 
Willcox Inn finished a fast closing second to Skyring in the Dixie, which was a similar performance to his prior start at the Fair Grounds. He had my money on him in those two races. Did he have bad luck in those two races or is the runner-up finish becoming a habit? Will the added distance help to get Willcox Inn to the winner’s circle?
 
Big Blue Kitten comes in for the Ramseys and trainer Chad Brown. We all know that those connections excel on the grass. Little Mike’s former rider Joe Bravo gets the mount and Jersey Joe is always dangerous on his home turf. This Kitten’s Joy horse closed strongly to a second place last time out in the Monmouth Stakes.
  
 
The Salvatore Mile, which is placed on the card before the UN as race 10, drew a field of eight horses that love to get to the winner’s circle. Raging Daoust appears to be taking a step up in class, but he has won five of six starts at Monmouth, including his last in a sprint against the talented Pacific Ocean and Ponzi Scheme.
 
Lucy's Bob Boy leaves the friendly confines of Charles Town where he has won five races in a row. You have to take note of his career record of 16: 13-3-0. Trainer Phil Gleaves gets Joe Bravo to ride graded stakes winner Csaba. Csaba has won five of his last six starts in Florida. Bowman's Beast brings his winning streak of four races from Parx. This $1,000 yearling purchase has won over $100,000. Private Tale from the barn of trainer Michael Trombetta comes to New Jersey for the first time. This one has six wins and 11 money finishes in 16 career starts.
 
Todd Pletcher’s Discreet Dancer should be the favorite. Prior to the troubled ninth place finish in the Met Mile, Discreet Dancer had never finished out of the money, including a third in the Carter and a win in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. Joel Rosario gets the mount with a chance to sweep both of the graded stakes.
 

In addition to the great stakes races Monmouth Park will have a tee-shirt giveaway, and a 12 race card with full fields. There will be a jockey autograph and memorabilia sale and lots of family friendly activities throughout the weekend.
 
 
  

 

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Wilcox Inn/Big Blue Kitten in the U.N.... Big Sur (longshot) in the Salvator Mile.
Csaba; Discreet Dancer; Bowman's Beast; Lucy's Bob Boy in the Salvator Mile.
Teaks North; Little Mike; Willcox Inn; Big Blue Kitten
It is approaching 3am here, so I am going to retire to my bed. Good night.
Guinness is an elixir. Somebody actually pours it in 10 seconds? There is a true art to pouring Guinness, and then there is the 10 second pour, I suppose. That must be from a place where the hurry-up attitude is prevalent.
Good points Euro. yes it is a sin about the bad art situation. Another sin is folks who pour a Guiness in 10secs, and not in 119secs.
Should be many, not may. Apologies
The sad thing about cold beer is that there are certain ales that lose their complexity when they are not at the correct temperature. Many should be room temperature, but may in the rest of the world should be cold. Weak beer is not good at room temperature, but is forgivable. Bad art is not.
That and COLD beer?
On the Gallop, only if they were fragile. Miesque, All Along, Trillion, all fillies who braved the jet lag to run well here multiple times. Miss Alleged also came and won twice Ina short period of time. But, it is not the same, at least that will be what I am told. I have been to a bad Gallery opening tonight and am in a bit of a non-friendly mood, so if I offend anyone please accept my apologies early. Bad art being sold in a Gallery is the greatest sin in the world.
Goldikova was here 4 times. Shipped to SA twice and won both, and shipped to KY twice and won once and showed her last visit.
Euro Trash- Let's not forget your super filly Goldikova who shipped to California twice and won the BC mile. Isn't that 11-12+ hours from France to Cali,Usa? Do they ship out from Limoges ?
I would argue that traveling is tiring regardless of which species is being discussed. When I was younger, I traveled to California twice to visit my mom, and with both trips, it took me a straight week to acclimate to the new time zone regardless of whether I was going east to west or west to east. As to climate, I would like to point out that the heat in Florida (where several Dubai runners have been successful) is quite different than the heat in California or the Middle East. Down here in the southeastern region of the States, it gets hot, but it's a wet heat (think tropics). The oppressiveness is as much humidity is it is actual heat. Compare that to California and the Middle East, which both experience dry heat, and you have two vastly different climates.
Remember, Cape Blanco was considered one of our lesser horses. He was not competitive in GR 1 races anymore over here. But yet, jet lag and all, he seemed to do very well in the United States.
So, there are no training facilities in the US in hot climates? Or racetracks? That is incredible. I will make a note of that. In Dubai, they do not train nor race at the zenith of the heat. The horses are not out exercising nor racing in 38C heat. Possibly there are other reasons for your horses not performing to the best of their abilities their first race after running in Dubai? Perhaps the stress of running without Lasix in a top class race on a course that is a difficult, physically demanding surface? Just a thought. Also, I have never bet on Royal Delta, as the only race I have bet with her running is the Dubai World Cup and she was not a choice for me either time. I'm going to enjoy the 31C temperatures here in Marseille now. Could one of the experts tell me why Cape Blanco could ship to your country three times and win without any jet lag effects but your horses seem to need a much longer amount of time to recover from one trip? Just another thought.
And BTW, you folks that think I'm bashing Royal Delta couldn't be more wrong. I'm taking-up for her. Expect to see the real girl back next time out.
Death Valley? That's a good climate comparison. A very good one. Last I checked, though, there was no racing or training facility there. I wonder why? Well, let's get past that one for a while. You guys just keep betting them first time back. I'm sure you and the rest of the folks that bet Royal Delta down to 1-5 are glad you did.
But, I'm sure you know more. And, by the way I have been in the Middle East. I have also been to Fez where the temperature during the summer was 110+. I know about heat and the problems it causes. And isn't there extreme heat in your own country? I believe you have a place called Death Valley?
How did Cape Blanco win multiple times in the United States in one season shipping form Ireland each time and firing each time? And Horses have run well shipping from Dubai before, as Lazmannick chronicled.
STILL, IMO, it would never be a bad idea to run a Dubai-returning horse in an easier prep first time back. The timing of the year is perfect for a light prep race prior to the big races of summer and fall. Why is that such a wacko idea? Never realized so much horse$%&# would be derived from that statement. And folks that haven't been to the middle east just don't know what they don't know. 97 degrees there is WAY different than 97 degrees here. Once again, here's a photo of what it's like in the non-irrigated areas. And yes, I'm in the cockpit of this plane. http://www.cnapg.net/14584.jpg If you look real close you can see it says "Iraqi Air Force" on the side.

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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.
 
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