Slammin’ Slew makes his stakes bow at Monmouth Park
on Sunday, but in his debut on Aug. 13, he provided chalk players with more
than a few anxious moments. The
2-year-old colt broke slowly and was 15 lengths behind the field all the way up
the backstretch in the six-furlong maiden claiming event.
“Marquez (jockey C. H.) said he was uncomfortable and just
threw his head around for a good eighth of a mile,” explained trainer Pat
But then the son of Flatter began to find his stride, and
find it quickly he did. The official
chart puts him 11 lengths behind at the 3/8ths pole and just 3 ½ at the top of
the stretch. Under a hand ride, Slammin’
Slew posted a length and a half win at the wire as the 3-2 favorite.
With such an impressive performance, naturally it begs the
question why was he entered for a $60,000 claiming tag?
“He didn’t cost much ($12,500 as a yearling),” McBurney
said. “We could have run him in a maiden
special weight and knocked heads with Asmussen and Pletcher, but we thought
this was the better choice. It all
worked out well.”
That was seven weeks ago and after a string of steady works,
Slammin’ Slew will make his two turn debut in the $75,000 Garden State Stakes in
Sunday’s third race. He’s drawn post two
and ironically will face Angel’s Tune from the Todd Pletcher barn and Sabercat,
a Steven Asmussen trainee.
“He’s been training well for this,” McBurney said. “He acts like he wants to go longer, so this
should be perfect for him.”
Slammin’ Slew is the fourth foal out of Slammin’ Lil, a
stakes-placed runner. Her top runner to
date is Runflatout, a graded stakes-placed runner in California.
The mile and 70 yards Garden State will go as race three on
the 10-race program. Gates open at 11:30
a.m. with first post set for 12:50 p.m.
THREE FRIDAYS OF LIVE RACING IN OCTOBER
Monmouth Park will
add three live cards to its 2011 calendar:
Oct. 14, 21 and 28. The dates
will make up days lost earlier this summer due to extreme heat (July 23) and
Hurricane Irene (Aug. 27 and 28).
The 2011 schedule
will now have live racing on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 9. Then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through
Nov. 6. In addition, a special Columbus
Day card will be offered on Monday, Oct. 10.
Gates will continue
to open at 11:30 a.m., with first post set at 12:50 p.m.