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Monmouth Park Barn Notes - August 9

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C C Gold will try stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks, the oldest running oaks in North America, having roots back to 1871. Conditioned by Lawrence Murray, C C Gold has won two of her four career starts, including her last outing where she splashed a mile and 70 yards in 1:43 1/5 at Delaware on July 1 and bested the field by a length and a quarter. She and a field of seven other fillies will travel a mile and a sixteenth in the Monmouth Oaks Saturday.

“I’ve always liked this filly, she’s showed some brilliance in the past,” said Murray. “She had trouble with getting in in her first few races. In her second start (April 13 at Pimlico) her rider had to pull her up because of that. After that Luis (jockey Garcia) rode her and it wasn’t as bad (May 12 at Pimlico). She ended up third there. Last out she caught a terrible track at Delaware but she didn’t have a problem with closing in and she won by a length and a quarter.”

A 3-year-old filly by Touch Gold out of the Carson City mare Carson City Secret, C C Gold will make her fifth start in the Monmouth Oaks, as she fights for the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse, and Murray believes that C C Gold fits right in with Saturday’s field.

“We were looking for either a two other than or a little stakes race to put her in,” Murray said “Even though this isn’t a little stakes race, we feel like she fits right in with the competition.”

C C Gold will break from post position one in the Monmouth Oaks as she carries the colors of Howard M. Bender, and although many would not be thrilled to draw the rail, C C Gold has had some success breaking from the inside in the past.

“Both times she won she broke from the rail,” Murray said, “so it shouldn’t bother her at all. I don’t know who the speed will be in the race but she should be pretty close to the pace.”

Luis Garcia will have the mount aboard C C Gold in Saturday’s Monmouth Oaks, which goes as the 11th race on a 12-race card.

 

SEA BUBBLE AND SENSATIONAL VALUE SET GO FOR CIBELLI IN COLLEEN

 

Trainer Jane Cibelli will send two into Sunday’s $60,000 Colleen Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Both Sensational Value and Sea Bubble will make their third career starts as they sprint five furlongs over Monmouth’s turf course.

A daughter of Zensational out of Expect Becky, Sensational Value is coming off of a win in her last race, besting the field by three lengths after sprinting five furlongs at Delaware on July 11. She will try turf for the first time in the Colleen on Sunday.

“She’s bred for the turf,” Cibelli said. “She was very green in her first race so we tried blinkers on her and she really improved a lot.”

Sensational Value’s stable mate Sea Bubble will also make her debut on grass in the Colleen Stakes. A 2-year-old daughter of U S Ranger out of Lovely Martha, Sea Bubble will break from the fence as she looks to bounce back from her last race, when she was beaten eight lengths by fellow Colleen entrant Pray a Novena in a maiden special weight event July 26 at Monmouth.

“You’re never too happy when you draw the rail,” said Cibelli, “but it’s a five furlong race rather than five and a half so the distance should suit her. She usually breaks well so she should be up with the leaders.”  

Cibelli believes that this race is important for each of her fillies’ careers, saying that how they do in the Colleen will dictate where they run in the future.

“We’re excited to try these two on the turf,” Cibelli said. “I think you go into this race asking ‘Do they like the turf? Is that their future?’ and you see how they run and go from there.” 

Cibelli’s duo will have to beat a tough pair sent out by Eddie Plesa Jr. in Pray a Novena and Flay Mignon, both of which posted very impressive performances in their debuts. The Colleen Stakes will go as race 11 on Monmouth’s 12-race Sunday card.

 

MONMOUTH PARK HOSTS LADIES DAY ON SATURDAY

 

Ladies Day comes to Monmouth Park this Saturday, where ladies will receive free general admission to the clubhouse or grandstand if they wear a fancy hat or fascinator. In addition, there will be a best hat contest between 12-2 p.m., and the women with the best hats will be invited into the winner’s circle for the fifth race, where the winner will be announced. There will also be $5 Skinnygirl drink specials and hat vendors for Ladies Day Saturday.

Gates open for Ladies Day at 11:30, with the first race set to go off at 12:50.

 

KORTNEY’S CHALLENGE COMES TO MONMOUTH SUNDAY

 

This Sunday Monmouth Park will host Kortney’s Challenge, a two mile fun run/walk. Proceeds from Kortney’s Challenge will go to the Kortney Rose Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors.

The race will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the track’s Oceanport Avenue entrance and will end two miles later in the Grandstand. Runners will also receive free Grandstand parking and free Grandstand admission to the park with registration to Kortney’s Challenge. Participants can register on race day in person beginning at 8:30 a.m., or online at www.thekortneyrosefoundation.org.

 

 

 

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