Sunday’s $150,000 Jersey Shore
Stakes (G3) will bring out some very talented 3-year-old sprinters who might
again threaten the track record for six furlongs.
Each renewal of the race
brings the chance of very fast times, a tradition started when sprint champion
Smoke Glacken won the 1997 renewal in 1:08 2/5, and continued when Idiot Proof
lowered the mark to 1:07 2/5 in winning the 2007 Jersey Shore.
And the field of seven
gathered for this 21st running of the stakes includes some serious
Zero Rate Policy, who won the
Rumson Stakes here last out in 1:08.94 for the six furlongs, will be the main
local hope in the Jersey Shore.
The son of Trippi, owned by
Klaravich Stables and W.H. Lawrence, has won both his starts at Monmouth this
season, and now it’s time to try the big leagues, trainer Terri Pompay says.
“I know he’ll run well,”
Pompay said, “and now we’ll see how good he is.”
Zero Rate Policy was stabled
at Monmouth last summer but never got to the races because he needed to grow up
– mentally, not physically.
“He was such a big, gangly,
goofy horse that he was slow to get started,” Pompay said. “He wasn’t ready to
run until this March when he finally came around. He finished second in his
first start, but he ran a good race. And he’s improved with every race since
“His first two races, he
outbroke the gate,” Pompay said. “The last two races, he’s had normal starts,
so he’s learning as he goes.”
The Jersey Shore drew a lot of
horses who like to go fast right from the gate. Bob Baffert is sending C J
Russell from Churchill Downs, an El Corredor colt who has won both his starts
on the front end.
Wesley Ward will saddle
Flashpoint, who won the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (G3) in 1:22 pressing
the pace, and last out set fast fractions for three-quarters before tiring to
be 14th in the Preakness (G1).
Chipshot, from Steve
Asmussen’s barn, broke his maiden here last year wire-to-wire and was second by
a neck last out in the Chick Lang Stakes after dueling on the front end.
“There’s a lot of speed in the
race,” Pompay said. “A lot of speed. We drew the one post, so we’ve got our
work cut out for us.”
Carlos H. Marquez Jr., who has
been aboard in both of Zero Rate Policy’s Monmouth wins, has the call again.