• Surfside Tiara and Rafael Bejarano win the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • No getting away from Stays in Vegas in the Surfer Girl.Posted 1 day ago
  • Her Emmynnency edges Miss Temple City in the Grade 1 QE II Challenge Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Messi (4-1) gets up in the final jumps of the Knickerbocker.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tragic news - Rock Fall fatally injured working at Keeneland, via Jennie Rees.Posted 2 days ago
  • Champion Sprinter Work All Week has been retired due to a fracture.Posted 4 days ago
  • Harmonize comes widest of all to win the Jessamine Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Got Lucky gets there on the wire in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.Posted 8 days ago
  • Airoforce kicks away in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes for hot trainer Mark Casse.Posted 8 days ago
  • Ben's Duchess takes advantage of a speed duel to win the L.A. Woman.Posted 8 days ago

Nathan's H Q Faces Tougher in Rumson

The main goal for 3-year-old sprinters at Monmouth is the $200,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) on, July 4, and this Sunday’s $100,000 Rumson Stakes is a key stepping stone to that event.

The six-furlong Rumson drew a field of six up-and-coming runners, including Thomas J. Carey’s Nathan’s HQ, who is unbeaten in two career starts.

The bay colt by Yonaguska - Chalonnaise, by French Deputy, broke his maiden at first asking last October at Delaware Park, and won his first allowance level race at Gulfstream Park on March 19. With trainer Clyde (The Glide) Martin in the irons, Nathan’s HQ looked like the real deal both times.

At the beginning of May, the colt was turned over to Steve Klesaris to train, and has been drilling at Klesaris’s Fair Hill, Md., headquarters for a month now. His last work at Fair Hill was an eye-catching half-mile in :47 2/5 on May 30.

“Clyde did a great job with him, and I’m just picking up where he left off,” Klesaris said. “He was in great shape when I got him, and he’s been breezing well for me.

“But the Monmouth race will be a big test for him, the acid test,” Klesaris said. “We have to see if he can handle the step up to play with the big boys. There are a couple in there who will test him, that’s for sure.”

Jose Valdivia Jr. will handle Nathan’s HQ, who goes from Post 5.

The lightly raced colt will be meeting some stakes-seasoned rivals in the Rumson, including Enumerate, who was second by a neck in the NATC Futurity at Monmouth last year, and Cool Bullet, who won the Sugar Bowl Stakes at the Fair Grounds in December and the Hansel Stakes at Turfway Park in March.



comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories