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Monmouth Park Barn Notes - June 7

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Trainer Bruce Alexander has Tune Me In ready to make his 15th career start at Monmouth Park in the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes this Sunday. With an obvious affinity for the Monmouth Park turf, Tune Me In has earned nearly $340,000 of his $387,000 in career winnings in Oceanport.

“He’s ready to go,” Alexander said. “He had some nice, easy breezes,” (referring to two four furlong workouts on Wednesday June 5 and Thursday May 30, where he went :50 flat and :48 3/5, respectively), “and he came out good. Everything was good.”
The 6-year-old gelding by Concorde’s Time has won 5 of his 14 contests at Monmouth, including back-to-back Grade 3 stakes events in 2012. He has also finished second or third in all but one of his remaining nine races in Oceanport, one of which was his latest race where he finished second by three quarters of a length in the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes (May 18, 2013).

In terms of tactics in Sunday’s turf test, the trainer admits that the pace may be in the hands of one of his rivals.

“He runs early, but it’s really up to Two Notch Road,” who pushed the tempo when these two horses met in their last race in the Red Bank, said Alexander. “I think we’re vulnerable at this distance if there’s too much pressure, but it seems like he’ll be close to the pace. I’ll leave that decision up to the jockey,” who will be Paco Lopez on Sunday.

Among the likely favorites in the mile and an eighth Monmouth Stakes, which boasts a $200,000 purse, are 2011 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote, and multiple graded stakes winner Boisterous.

 


 

43RD ANNUAL IRISH FESIVAL AT MONMOUTH ON SUNDAY

 

The 43rd annual Irish Festival comes to Monmouth Park on Sunday, where patrons will be in for a full day of Irish food, music, and culture. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a traditional Irish mass in the Monmouth Café. 

Throughout the day fans can enjoy Ceili and Irish step dancing, a pipe and drum competition, food and craft vendors, live Irish music, and a human horse race where runners will bolt out of the starting gate and race on the track to raise money for charity. There will be plenty of opportunities for family fun as patrons with children can bring them to the Irish Festival’s Kid’s Zone and to Monmouth Park’s family fun day in the picnic area. 

Patrons wearing kilts will receive free admission to the festival. Gates open early at 10 a.m.

 

POPULAR DAWN PATROL RESUMES JUNE 22

 

Monmouth’s popular Dawn Patrol program, which gives fans a glimpse into racing life behind the scenes, is scheduled to resume on Saturday, June 22. It will run through Aug. 25.

This year, Dawn Patrol will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 8 a.m. The free morning tour consists of a tram ride through the Monmouth stable area during workout hours, a close-up look at the starting gate, a tour of the jockeys’ room – usually off-limits to the public – and a running commentary on racetrack life by hostess Laurie Lane.

Dawn Patrol guests can feed carrots to the ponies in the stable area during the tram tour.

Space is limited and reservations are required. They can be made by calling 732-571-5542 in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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