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The ultra-game Get Serious was at it again at Monmouth Park on Sunday, holding off the charge of Nownownow to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Red Bank Stakes by a neck as Wildcat Brief posted a length and a quarter win in the $100,000 Icecapade Stakes before a crowd of 16,017.

Ridden by Pablo Fragoso, Get Serious sat off quick fractions of :21 4/5 for the first quarter of a mile and :45 for the half before moving by pacesetter At the Disco turning for home and hitting the wire in 1:32.37 for the mile over firm turf. The time for the race lowered the course record for the distance, which was set by Get Serious on July 11, 2009, when he went in 1:32.70.

“He stumbled pretty badly which I think cost him getting to the lead,” said winning trainer John Forbes. “He overcame a lot. He was giving some weight, stumbled, didn’t really have the perfect scenario, but still overcame it.

“He trained great coming into the race, chased a horse loose on the lead, collared him, and lowered his own track record. If he comes out of this race as good as he’s been coming out of his races, we can’t rule out Churchill [Breeders’ Cup Mile, Nov. 7].”

Get Serious, owned by Dinan, Moore and Phantom House, paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of six colts and geldings. Nownownow, winner of the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, returned $3.40 and $2.40 and completed the $8.60 exacta. It was 4 ½ lengths back to Boots Ahead, who paid $2.80 to show.

Sunday’s win marked the fourth victory this year for Get Serious, who captured an allowance race here in May, the Monmouth Stakes (G3) in June and the Oceanport Stakes (G3) in August. The 6-year-old gelding by City Zip from the Java Gold mare Java Gal now sports a record of 13-2-2 from 30 starts. In winning the Red Bank, Get Serious became racing’s newest millionaire, with the $120,000 winner’s prize boosting his lifetime bankroll to $1,000,691.

In the Icecapade Stakes, the Ben Perkins Jr. trained Wildcat Brief covered the six furlongs over the fast main track in 1:11 flat and paid $12.40, $5 and $3.40 across the board. Temecula Creek completed the $43.40 exacta and returned $4 to place and $2.80 to show. It was another 3 ¼ lengths back to Valid Sum, who paid $4.20 to show.

“The race set up perfectly for us,” said winning jockey Elvis Trujillo. “We just sat off the early leaders and let the duel happen. When it was time to go, I angled him out and let him run.”

The Icecapade win was the third this season and fifth lifetime for Wildcat Brief, a 4-year-old colt by Smart Strike from the Wild Again mare Wilderness Hush. He has now earned $243,550.



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