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'Baron Seeks Form Reversal at Monmouth

In Monday’s Mr. Prospector Stakes - a race filled with established main-track sprinters - 4-year-old Coronet of a Baron will be making only his second start over a dirt surface. With no rain in the forecast, Monday’s ninth race figures to be the Pure Prize colt’s first ever start over a fast main track.


Having raced primarily on synthetics and turf for his first ten starts when trained by Eoin Harty, Coronet of a Baron was switched to the barn of Grant Forster early this year. Since the trainer change, Coronet of a Baron has run fourth in the slop in an allowance race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day and ninth in a turf allowance at Monmouth Park on June 6.


Forster believes there is significant room for improvement, though, from his colt in his first fast-dirt start.


“He’s been training very well,” said Forster, who will give a leg up Sunday to Monmouth Park’s leading jockey Joe Bravo. “There looks like there is a lot of speed in the race. Hopefully, he’ll come with his run. We’re expecting a big effort.”


In his only previous start over conventional dirt, Coronet of a Baron finished fourth in a salty allowance event at Churchill Downs on May 1. He rallied from off the pace that day to finish 5 ¾ lengths back at the wire.


As a juvenile in 2008, Coronet of a Baron broke his maiden at first asking over the synthetic surface at Arlington Park before finishing second in his next two starts - the Grade 2 Best Pal and Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.


Owned by Fly Racing LLC, Coronet of a Baron shows a pair of works since his latest race, including a solid four furlong drill in :48 on June 18 - the second fastest of 35 at the distance that day.


“He was originally with Darley’s California operation,” Forster said. “I thought he ran well on Derby Day and this will be his first start over a fast dirt track so we’ll see what he can do.”


In 12 career starts, Coronet of a Baron has a record of 2-2-1 with earnings of $248,180.

RESERVED SEATS STILL AVAILABLE FOR IZOD HASKELL, RACHEL’S RETURN

With just four weeks until the Grade 1, $1 million IZOD Haskell Invitational, some reserved seats remain available for Monmouth Park’s biggest race of the season.


General seats are available in the Grandstand Mezzanine for $10 each and can be reserved by calling 732-571-5563 or by visiting the reserved seating booth on the second floor of the Grandstand any live racing day. Grandstand box seats are $12 each while Grandstand preferred seats are $17.


For a complete listing a prices and available seats, visit www.monmouthpark.com or go to www.ticketmaster.com.


Reserved seats for July 24 Lady’s Secret Stakes - scheduled to feature reigning Horse of the Year and 2009 Haskell winner Rachel Alexandra - are also on sale. Prices are $2 for general Grandstand seats and $3 for general Clubhouse seats.



CROSS COUNTRY HANDICAPPING CONTEST NEXT SATURDAY

On Saturday, July 10, players from Monmouth Park will take on players from Canterbury Park and Emerald Downs for three coveted spots in the 2011 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.


The $300 contest, which features races from New Jersey as well as Minnesota and Washington, is the third handicapping contest of the live season at Monmouth Park.
Walk-up registrations will be accepted the day of the contest from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm at both the Grandstand and Clubhouse entrances.


For complete rules and details, go to www.monmouthpark.com, or call Brian Skirka at 732-571-6595.

 

 

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