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
“I’ve always liked this filly, she’s showed some brilliance in the past,” said
“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,”
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
PARK HOSTS LADIES DAY ON SATURDAY
Ladies Day comes to
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
will host Kortney’s Challenge, a two mile fun run/walk. Proceeds from
Kortney’s Challenge will go to the Kortney Rose Foundation, an
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
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.