The $200,000 Grade 2 Monmouth Cup, the supporting event on
Saturday’s card, has attracted a competitive field including locally-based
stakes winner Ponzi Scheme and 2011 Grade 1 Jockey Gold Cup winner Flat Out. That
hasn’t deterred Todd Pletcher, who will run both Rule and San Pablo for separate owners in the one mile
test over the main track for horses three and older.
The 5-year-old Rule hasn’t raced since a seventh place
finish in the Hawthorne Gold Cup last October 8 while San Pablo, a 4-year-old
colt, comes in on the heels of two tough beats that saw him duel all the way
through the lane only to come up short by a nose in the As Indicated Stakes and
then by a neck in the Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct.
“We gave Rule a bit of a freshening after last year to gear
him up for the summer and fall campaigns. I think the distance of a mile will
be good for him in his first start back,” Pletcher said by phone from his Belmont Park base. “San Pablo is a nice horse who is very
competitive and always runs hard. He’s in good form now.”
The multiple stakes winning San Pablo has never finished out
of the money in nine starts and has earned $222,800 from five wins, thee
seconds and one third.