Racing Nation is your source for the $50 million summer meet at Monmouth Park. HRN Editor Jarrod Horak will recap
all of the action from the Jersey
track bias information and horses to watch. This is his tenth in a series of
reports from Monmouth
missed a week on my updates so I have combined weeks 10-11 below.
July 23 (day 28) - Fast and Firm
wire jobs on the main track (3 in sprints). Patient runners best on turf.
for Paco Lopez. Pablo Fragoso and Carlos Marquez Jr. both booted home a pair.
Bruce Alexander saddled two winners on the day.
(10th race) sat a nice tactical trip and ran past favored pace-setter Whoopi
Kitten in the Dearly Precious Stakes.
July 24 (day 29) - Fast and Firm
to stalking types on the main track. A trio of wire jobs on the firm turf
trick for Joe Bravo. Elvis Trujillo
booted home a pair.
Alexandra (11th race) caught stubborn pace-setter Queen Martha and went
clear to post a 3-length tally in the Lady’s Secret Stakes. The reigning Horse
of the Year did what she had to do on a very hot and humid afternoon and it was
almost eight lengths back to show finisher Ask The Moon.
25 (day 30) - Fast and Firm
wire jobs on the main track (3 at six furlongs). Lone turf route was taken in
wire job fashion.
trick for Chuck Lopez. Paco Lopez
booted home a pair.
Wildcat (10th race) cruised past front-runner Brother In Arms to post a
sharp victory in the Tyro Stakes. Odds-on favorite Sweet Ducky was bumped at
the start and finished a disappointing 4th.
30 (day 31) - Fast and Firm
to early-pressing types (5 wire jobs) on both surfaces.
trick for Elvis Trujillo. Pablo Fragoso and Carlos Marquez Jr. both booted home
July 31 (day 32) - Fast and
track stalkers strong for the first half of the card. The remaining dirt races
played fair. Two wire jobs, a stalker, and a closer made up the four turf
Castro and Paco Lopez both booted home a pair.
Catherine (10th race) shook off her pace rival Spiteful Gypsy and cleared
off for a 3.5 length tally in the $100,000 Mongo Queen Stakes for 3-year-old
fillies. The Pletcher trainee completed her five and one-half furlong turf
journey in 1:01.78.
1 (day 33) - Fast and Firm
within striking range won the bulk of races on both surfaces.
Borel, Eddie Castro, and Carlos Marquez Jr. each booted home a pair. Bruce
Alexander, Bruce Levine, and Todd Pletcher each saddled two winners on Haskell
Omniscient (3rd race) gamely
held off Cool Coal Man to take the $100,000 Majestic Light Stakes.
impressive debut straight Maiden tally for Christophe Clement trainee Erin Rose (6th race). Joe
Bravo hand rode her to the wire in the six furlong affair for fillies and
Hudson Steel (7th race) rallied to
win the Jersey Derby but runner-up Audacity
of Hope might have been best. The latter was blocked and had saddle slip in
his promising US
Get Serious (11th race)
makes his living on the Monmouth turf course and the front-running favorite did
not disappoint his fans with a neck victory in the Grade 3 Oceanport. Runner-up Violon Sacre was rank for much of the
race and probably would have won if able to settle.
Lookin At Lucky (12th race)
sat a nice outer stalking trip and powered home to decisively win the Haskell.
Trappe Shot rallied to nab the place. Front-runner First Dude nipped Derby hero Super Saver
for the show.
Week 12 Stakes Races
Saturday (8-7-10) - The $100,000 Colleen Stakes (2yo fil, 5.5f)
Saturday (8-7-10) - The $100,000 My Frenchman Stakes (3up, 5.5T)
Sunday (8-8-10) - The $100,000 Select Stakes (3yo, 6f)