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I Want Revenge Eyes Iselin

I Want Revenge, one of the top 3-year-olds of 2009 who was injured the day before the Kentucky Derby, is expected to continue his comeback at Monmouth Park on Saturday, Aug. 21, when he goes in the 76th running of the $300,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (G3).


The 4-year-old I Want Revenge, a son of Stephen Got Even, has made just one start this year for trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., running third behind Haynesfield and Convocation in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont on July 3. The colt’s chances were compromised when he bobbled after the break and then had a wide trip throughout.


That was his first start since he won the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 4 last year. That victory, plus an easy score in the Gotham Stakes (G3) just prior, meant he was going into the Kentucky Derby as the morning line favorite.


I Want Revenge became the first Derby favorite ever scratched on the morning of the race when he had swelling in his right front ankle. Tests revealed ligament damage, and the colt spent nearly a year on the sidelines before he resumed training early this summer.


Other likely Iselin starters include Duke of Mischief, Gone Astray and Sir Whimsey.


Duke of Mischief, who finished fifth behind Rachel Alexandra in last year’s Haskell Invitational, came out running as a 4-year-old this season, winning the Fort Lauderdale (G3) at Gulfstream and the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) at Oaklawn Park.


Last out, the David Fawkes-trained colt by Graeme Hall finished second behind Gone Astray in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile here.


The Salvator was the first win of the year for the Shug McGaughey-trained Gone Astray. The 4-year-old Dixie Union colt finished third in the Skip Away Stakes here just prior to that. Last year, Gone Astray was beaten just a head by Our Edge when second in the Coronado’s Quest Stakes at Monmouth.


Steve Asmussen trains Sir Whimsey, a 6-year-old son of Jump Start who won his most recent start, the R.R. Carpenter Memorial at Delaware Park on July 17. Sir Whimsey finished second to Cool Coal Man in the Skip Away here in June, nearly four lengths in front of Gone Astray.




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