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 seventh in a
series of reports from Monmouth
July 2 (day 18) - Fast and Firm
Edge to early-pressing types (4 wire jobs) on both surfaces.
Eibar Coa booted home a pair.
Chiefette (9th race) rallied to finish a
respectable 4th and was nabbed for $12,500 by claiming artist
Honky Tonk Lady (12th race) rallied to finish a
clear 2nd in the Friday finale. She could earn her diploma with a
similar effort next time.
July 3 (day 19) - Fast and Firm
Four wire jobs on the main track. Turf course favored late runners.
Paco Lopez and Elvis Trujillo both booted home a pair.
Promising 3yo colt Hunters Bay
(9th race) cruised to a sharp wire job route tally in his first
starts vs. winners. The son of Ghostzapper, out of Smoke’n Frolic, could be
headed to the Stakes ranks in the near future for Todd Pletcher.
Chinchon (10th race) rode the late-running bias
to perfection in a good looking last to first victory in the Grade 1 United
Nations for older marathon turfers. Take The Points held the place over Winchester, and stalking
type Straight Story just missed the show in a solid effort.
A slow pace did not hinder Gone Astray (11th
race) as he spurted away to post an easy tally in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile.
Duke of Mischief captured 2nd by a neck over You And I Forever.
July 4 (day 20) - Fast and Firm
Four dirt sprint wire jobs (3 at 6f). Stalkers and closers best on the
Four wins for Jose Lezcano and John Velazquez.
Sleepless Dixie (1st
race) rolled to a razor sharp Maiden win in the Sunday opener. The Kelly Breen
runner will probably show up in a 2yo filly Stakes event next time.
Discreetly Mine (9th race) sat a perfect stalking
trip and showed his class in a sharp win in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes.
Maram (10th race) overcame a less than ideal trip
from the outside in a fast finishing head victory over Strike The Bell in the
$100,000 Miss Liberty Stakes for grassy fillies and mares.
Miz Maggie Mae (12th race) was clearly second
best behind heavy favorite Developing Story in the straight Maiden finale. She
can graduate next time.
July 5 (day 21) - Fast and Firm
Six wire jobs (2 turf) on the special Monday card.
Joe Bravo, Eddie Castro, and Jose Lezcano each booted home a pair.
Roman Tiger (3rd race) lost his best chance after
a bad start (bumped, stumbled) and rallied to just miss the place as the heavy
favorite in this Allowance grass affair.
Roaring Lion (9th race) stalked, pounced, and
held off Wildcat Brief by a nose in the Mr. Prospector Stakes.
Fantastico Roberto (10th race) controlled
proceedings throughout to steal the grassy Choice Stakes for 3yo’s. They Call
Me Giant edged Devon Rock for the place. The latter made a run at the eventual
winner but lugged in.
Week 8 Stakes races from Monmouth Park
Sat (7-10-10) - The $175,000 Long Branch Stakes (3yo, 8.5f)
Sat (7-10-10) - The $100,000 Battlefield Stakes (3up, 8T)
Sun (7-11-10) - The $100,000 John McSorley Stakes (3up, 5.5T)
Sun (7-11-10) - The $100,000 Spruce Fir Stakes (f&m 3up, 1mile-70yds)