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