It’s been nearly two years since George and Lori Hall’s Ruler
On Ice and Pants On Fire faced off in the Haskell Invitational in 2011.
But this Saturday,
the duo, collectively known as “Fire” and “Ice” are entered in
Monmouth’s $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes at a mile and 70 yards.
“I’m not certain that Pants On Fire will go,” said
trainer Kelly John Breen. “He’s still possible. We had to scratch on
race day for the Westchester (April
27 at Belmont). He sliced his foot on the stall at
Belmont that day. He’s coming along great, I’m just not certain right now whether we’ll run him on Saturday.”
As for his Belmont Stakes winning stablemate, “Ruler On Ice is a go,” Breen said.
After collecting his Classic trophy in the Belmont in 2011, Ruler on Ice went on to finish 3rd in the Haskell, 4th in the Travers, 2nd in the Pennsylvania Derby and 3rd in the
Breeders’ Cup Classic. It was a rough go for the gelding by Roman Ruler
in 2012 where he was shut out of the winner’s circle. He returned to
the races on Jan. 30 this year, taking an allowance
event at Aqueduct. In his most recent try, he was fourth in a tough
allowance contest at Parx.
“I’m just putting a line through that last race,”
Breen said. “He was back to his old ways of goofing off and just didn’t
have his head on right that day.
Since he’s been back at Monmouth, though, he’s been terrific. He put
in a solid breeze of :59 and four the other day and looked great doing
That morning move was on May 18, fastest of 13
workers that day. Prior to that he sported another bullet work, going
four furlongs in :48 1/5 on May 4,
the best of 46 on the work tab.
Pants On Fire is coming off a third place finish in the Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes at
Park on March 30. The multiple graded
stakes winner is quickly closing in on a million dollars in earnings,
having banked $985,760 from 19 career starts. The son of Jump Start is a
two-time winner at Monmouth, having taken the
Grade 3 Pegasus in 2011 and the Skip Away stakes here last year.
A full field of 10 entered the Majestic Light, which goes as race 11 on the 12 race program.
FOOD TRUCK WARS ROLLS INTO MONMOUTH PARK SATURDAY & SUNDAY
They’re back! Food trucks from across the
Garden State will roll into
Park this Saturday and Sunday for the second annual Food Truck Wars.
Fresh off the heels of last year’s successful debut,
Food Truck Wars will pit the best food on wheels against one another in
search of the people’s choice
award for top food truck. More than 30 trucks are slated to
participate in this year’s event, which runs from gates opening at 11:30
a.m. through approximately 5 p.m.
SURVIVAL AT THE SHORE CONTEST RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
Park’s popular Survival at the Shore Contest returns on Saturday, May 25 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 2.
The rules for the contest are simple - the Challenge
Commissioner will select three races on each live date from which
players will select one horse from
each and receive a mythical $2 across the board wager. In order to
“Survive” the contest and continue on to the next racing day, any one of
the player’s three selections must finish in the top three. As an
added twist, players will get one “life preserver”
which can be used to stay in the contest should the player fail to make
their selections on any given race day or if the player’s selections
fail to hit the board.
While prizes will be awarded throughout the contest,
the Grand Prize winner will be the player with the highest mythical
bankroll come the contest’s end
on Sept. 2. The Grand Prize winner will take home $2,000 in cash,
while second place receives $1,000 and third gets $500. In addition,
the player who selects the most winners throughout the contest will
To learn more about Survival at the Shore or to sign up for the contest, visit survivalattheshore.com.
$50,000 GUARANTEED PICK 5 STARTS THIS SATURDAY
Park unveils a guaranteed $50,000 Pick 5
this Saturday, May 25. The Pick 5, which has a 50 cent base wager,
comprises races five through nine daily. The guaranteed pools will be
offered on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1.