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Monmouth Park Barn Notes - August 17

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Trainer Todd Pletcher will send San Pablo into Sunday’s $150,000 Phillip H. Iselin Stakes, last year’s winner of the Grade 3 event. San Pablo will travel a mile and an eighth along the main track as he tries to be the first horse since West Coast Scout in 1972 and 1973 to win back-to-back runnings of the Iselin.

“He’s coming into the race in good form,” Pletcher said. “Hopefully he will run as well as last year.”

A 5-year-old son of Jump Start out of Hunt’s Corner, San Pablo is coming off of a victory in his last outing: a stakes event at Belmont (June 14) where he bested the field by an impressive 3 ½ lengths, and stepping the mile and a sixteenth in 1:41 flat.

San Pablo has worked five times since his last race, breezing four furlongs in :47 4/5 in his most recent session at Saratoga on Aug. 12. The Burning Sands Stables color-bearer will race at Monmouth for the fourth time in the Iselin, where he is currently two-for-three.

Chris DeCarlo, winning jockey in last year’s Iselin, will ride San Pablo again Sunday as he tries for his third win in this race. The duo went the mile and an eighth in 1:49 3/5 in last year’s event, winning by 3 ½ lengths. San Pablo is 7-2 on the morning line for this year’s Iselin, second choice to Chad Brown’s Last Gunfighter at 2-1. The 78th renewal of the Phillip H. Iselin Stakes will go as race 10 on Sunday’s 12-race card. 

 

MONMOUTH’S SHORE CHEF CRAB CAKE COOK-OFF RESUMES SUNDAY

 

Day two of the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off will continue Sunday at Monmouth Park. Voting for top crab cake crafter will carry on in the judges’ tent, where fans can also enter to win gift certificates to restaurants in the area. At the end of the day Sunday, the winner of best crab cake and best of the rest will be announced.  Competitors this year include Bahr’s Landing, Bacon on Wheels, Ben’s BBQ & Catering, My Two Sons, Harvest Specialty, and Ike’s Crab Cakes. The competition will add to a full day of events at Monmouth Park, including a 12-race card of live racing.

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, Nancy’s Candys and more. There will also be live music on Sunday as After the Reign performs “On the Green.” Patrons with children will also be able to enjoy Family Fun Day 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 Sunday.

 

MONMOUTH V. PARX JOCKEYS 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 with jockeys Elvis Trujillo, Paco Lopez, and Captain Jose Ferrer. The Oceanport home team will face the Philadelphia visitors as managers Victor Molina and Josiah Hampshire Jr. coach a team including top Parx riders John Bisono and Kendrick Carmouche.

“It’s 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.

Track odds maker Brad Thomas has made the Parx team a heavy 2-5 favorite on the morning line after hearing of their training regiment. 

“Word on the street is not only do they have their own uniforms,” Thomas said, “but they practice! I fully expect a blow out here, but I don’t think you can completely rule out the long shots.”

First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. at Wolf Hill, directly across the street from Monmouth Park. All are welcome to come to the game as admission is free.

 

 

 

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