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HRN Monmouth Report: Week 4

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Horse 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 Shore, including track bias information and horses to watch. This is his fourth in a series of reports from Monmouth Park.

June 11 (day nine) - Fast and Good. 

Early-pressing types dominated on the main track. Stalkers and closers best on turf.  

Hat trick for Paco Lopez. Joe Bravo and Eibar Coa both booted home a pair.

Shawhan Select (5th race) rallied wide to finish a clear 2nd behind a wire job winner over the speed friendly surface under apprentice Angel Serpa. He could get the job done over a fair track next time. Speaking of Serpa, he got first timer Vanaema (1st race) to rally for the show in the Maiden Claiming opener and Monster Boots (4th race) to rally for the place at a mile and seventy yards. They both bear watching as well.

June 12 (day ten) - Fast and firm. 

Stalkers won the bulk of the main track races. A wire job and two closers made up the three turf route winners. 

Hat trick for Elvis Trujillo. Joe Bravo and Angel Arroyo booted home a pair.

Cool Coal Man (3rd race) sat the right prominent throughout trip in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes. Sir Whimsey finished a clear second while making his first start since June 2009. Prior to this race Cornelio Velasquez and Steve Asmussen teamed up to win their last seven, so keep an eye on that jockey-trainer combo. 

Get Serious (10th race) took Presious Passion out of his front running game and kept on finding in a sharp score in the 3rd running of the Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes. The winner loves the local green and is razor sharp at the moment. Presious Passion was making his first start since a failed Dubai run and has tailed off badly.  

June 13 (day eleven) - Fast and Firm

Main track played fair. Two wire jobs and a late-runner made up the three turf winners.  

Hat trick for Jose Lezcano. Joe Bravo and Eddie Castro both booted home a pair.

Way with Words (9th race) rallied to post an easy tally in the Open Mind Stakes for state bred fillies and mares. The versatile Mary Eppler trainee handles any footing and a variety of distances...cool mare.

Starfish Bay (10th race) went straight to the front and was never threatened in a facile wire job tally in the Candy Eclair Stakes. Johnny V booted home the sharp Pletcher runner.

Cognito (11th race) won for the second time at the current stand and was claimed once again. He will run for claiming artist Jason Servis next time.

Jeremy Rose gets all the credit for getting De Chera (12th race) to the winners' circle in the finale. He pulled the whip out early and his aggressive tactics made all the difference in the head victory.

I almost forgot to mention that I am still clinging to life in the Survival at the Shore competition. The week began with 3,417 contestants and is now down to 1,935. A total of 5,418 players have been eliminated since the beginning of the meet. I lost my lifeline on Saturday so I cannot afford another misstep or adios! If I can hang on until June 27 I will be rewarded with another life preserver...stay tuned.

Week 5 Stakes races from Monmouth Park

Sat (6-19-10) - The $200,000 Pegasus Stakes (3yo, 8.5f)

Sat (6-20-10) - The $100,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes (3yo, 5.5T)

Sun (6-20-10) - The $100,000 Bernie Dowd (NJ-bred 3up, 1mile-70yds)


 

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