Pants on Fire and Raging Daoust are set to go for the 78th running of the Grade 3 Phillip H. Iselin Stakes, a race that was renamed from the Monmouth
Handicap in 1986 to honor Iselin, the former Monmouth
Park president and
chairman of the board. These two local horses share more than just
Monmouth’s backstretch - they are both coming off stakes victories here
and historically perform marvelously in Oceanport.
by Kelly Breen, Pants on Fire is coming off a win in the Grade 2
Monmouth Cup on July 28, where he took the lead down the stretch
and bested the field by 1 ¾ lengths.
“He tried real hard for the win in his last race.” said Breen. “We hope he can come back and do well here.”
A 5-year-old son of Jump Start out of Cabo de Noche,
Pants on Fire is currently 3-for-5 at Monmouth, with the other two wins
to his résumé being the 2012
Skip Away and the 2011 Pegasus. Carrying the colors of George and Lori
Hall, Pants on Fire has amassed $285,000 of his $1,131,060 in lifetime
Raging Daoust, trained by Buddy Carlesimo, won the
Grade 3 Salvator Mile in his last outing, stepping the distance in 1:36
4/5 on July 6 and winning by a
head at the wire after going off at 33-1. He, Pants on Fire, and six
others will travel a mile and an eighth in the
Iselin, the longest test to date for Raging Daoust.
mile was perfect for him,” said Carlesimo, “but I’m encouraged that
he’ll be able to go the mile and an eighth with the way he’s been
He seems like he’s the kind of horse that could be able to get the
his last race, Raging Daoust has worked three times on the dirt at
Monmouth. He posted mirror works on July 28 and August 4, breezing five
furlongs in 1:03 flat. On August 11, he was sent out for another five
furlong breeze and worked the distance in 1:01 3/5.
Victor Santiago will be aboard Raging Daoust as current
Park leading jockey Paco Lopez gets the mount on Pants on Fire in a race that Breen says drew a lot of strong competitors.
came up a very tough race,” Breen said. “I’ll leave the strategy up to
Paco but he [Pants on Fire] really likes this track. We’re hoping we
can get a bit of a home town advantage here.”
Pants on Fire hopes to take advantage of his home turf, Raging Daoust
may like Monmouth’s surface more than any horse in the race. A
gelding by Kafwain out of Champagne Forever, Raging Daoust is an
astounding six-for-seven in his contests in Oceanport. He will break
from post seven in the
Iselin, a position that Carlesimo believes will be an advantage for him on Sunday.
have to see who ends up in the race before I set my strategy,”
Carlesimo said, “but the outside post should be an advantage since we’ll
able to see what everyone else is doing. He has to be up close because
he has speed and he has to take advantage of it.”
These two locals will have to beat last year’s Iselin winner
San Pablo in order to claim the winner’s share of the $150,000 purse in the
Iselin, which will go as race 10 on Sunday’s 12-race card.
HOSTS SHORE CHEF CRAB CAKE COOK-OFF THIS WEEKEND
Park will host the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off this weekend, where restaurants from around
will compete to see who fans vote as the best crab cake creator.
Competitors include Bahr’s Landing, Bacon on Wheels, Ben’s BBQ &
Catering, My Two Sons, Harvest Specialty, and Ike’s
Crab Cakes. Patrons will be able to vote at the judge’s tent on both
days, where they can also enter to win gift certificates to various
restaurants. The winner of the cook off will be announced at the end of
the day on Sunday. The competition will add to
a full weekend of events at Monmouth
Park, including live racing each day.
Along with the crab cake cookers, there will be a
variety of crafters and vendors at the park, such as Wild Bill’s old
fashioned soda pop, Designer Diva,
Candys and more. There will also be live music on both days of the
festival with BethAnne Clayton performing on Saturday, and After the
Reign performing on Sunday. Family Fun Day will also
be in full swing on Sunday, which features pony rides, face painting,
bounce houses, and other family friendly activities.
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first race is set for 12:50 p.m. on both days of the festival.
MONMOUTH V. PARX JOCKEY’S CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME AUG. 20
Jockeys from Monmouth
Park will go
head-to-head with the riders from Parx in a charity softball game on
Tuesday, Aug. 20, with all proceeds going to the Permanently Disabled
Jockeys Fund. Monmouth head coach Joe Bravo will manage
a team comprising of Elvis Trujillo, Paco Lopez, and captain Jose
Ferrer. The Oceanport home team will face the
visitors as managers Victor Molina and Josiah Hampshire Jr. coach a
team including top Parx riders John Bisono and Kendrick Carmouche.
a great way to raise awareness and funds for a very worthy cause,” said
coach Joe Bravo, who is also a 13 time Monmouth leading jockey.
First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. at Wolf Hill, directly across the street from
Park. Admission to the game is free with donations gladly accepted.