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 eighth in a
series of reports from Monmouth
July 9 (day 22) - Fast and Firm
Edge to stalking types on the main. Turf favored stalkers and closers.
Four Bagger for Elvis Trujillo. Eibar Coa booted home three winners on the day. Jane Cibelli, Stephen L DiMauro, and Scott Volk each saddled a pair of winners.
D'lucci Girl (7th race) smartly rallied to win this claiming turf route and was nabbed for $25,000 by Rick Dutrow.
Maddy's Crowd (9th race) always runs well over the Monmouth weeds, and Eibar Coa got his 4,000th win aboard the course specialist. The winner was claimed for $25,000 by Peter Miller.
Beat the Blues (12th race) rolled to an easy tally in the finale and sharp conditioner Bob Dibona took her for $20,000.
July 10 (day 23) - Fast and Firm
Early-pressing types (3 wire jobs) strong at six furlongs. Stalkers and closers best on the turf.
Hat trick for Paco Lopez. Alan Garcia/Kiaran Mclaughlin, and Shaun Bridgmohan and Steve Asmussen teamed up for two wins on the day.
Violon Sacre (10th race) got up to beat Banrock by a neck in the grassy Battlefield Stakes. The runner-up is rounding into form and figures to be tough in the NY-bred Stakes ranks at the Spa this summer. Whatsthescript came out of retirement and finished a rock solid 3rd in his needed return.
Trappe Shot (11th race) passed his first route test with flying colors and received a 105 BSF for his easy win in the Long Branch Stakes. The Haskell is probably next for the late blooming McLaughlin trainee.
July 11 (day 24) - Fast and Firm
Early-pressing types nabbed 6 of the 9 main track races carded. Stalkers and closers best in turf routes. Lone turf sprint was taken in wire-to-wire fashion.
Hat trick for Joe Bravo. Pablo Fragoso, Jose Lezcano, and Paco Lopez each booted home a pair.
General Perfect (8th race) was aggressively handled by Pablo Fragoso and had plenty left in the tank to hold off heavy favorite Silver Timber in the John McSorley Stakes for turf sprinters.
Bad Debt (10th race) could have won this grass route with a different trip. Eventual winner Wild Entry was rallying wide while Bad Debt was stuck in traffic along the inside, and that made all the difference in this one.
Moneigh Lisa (11th race) drew away from pacesetter Love That Dance in the Spruce Fir Handicap. Heavy favorite Way With Words finished 3rd while no match for the top two.
Week 9 Stakes races from Monmouth Park
Sat (7-17-10) - The $100,000 Serena's Song Stakes (3yo fil, 1mile-70yds)
Sat (7-17-10) - The $100,000 Klassy Briefcase Stakes (f&m 3up, 5.5T)
Sun (7-18-10) - The $100,000 Dearly Precious Stakes (3yo fil, 6f)