The $65,000 Bernie Dowd
Handicap for New Jersey-breds on Sunday drew a field of nine, including last
year’s winner, Evenings End, and the 2009 winner At the Disco.
But a fresh face on the scene
– Law Legacy Stables’ Uncle Otto – might be the horse of the hour in this
renewal of the one mile and 70-yard event.
A 3-year-old son of Roaring
Fever, Uncle Otto comes into the Dowd off a solid effort when second in the
Spend a Buck Stakes against open company. This will be his first try against older
horses, but he broke his maiden against state-breds here last year, and looks
like he’s in a good spot to show off his youthful vigor.
“I think he’s an improving
horse,” said trainer Skip Einhorn. “I was happy with his performance in that
last race. I was hoping somebody would run with the leader (Rush Now) but that
didn’t happen, and Uncle Otto hung in there the whole way.
“It took him a while to
figure things out last year – he’s a May foal – but now I believe he’s going to
get better and better,” Einhorn said.
Uncle Otto was tried twice on
turf this winter in Florida and had no luck in either start.
“I don’t think it was the
turf,” Einhorn said. “He just had two really bad trips, got jammed up at the
top of the lane both times. We could
always try it again.”
FATHER’S DAY FESTIVITIES AT MONMOUTH ON
Monmouth Park will celebrate
Father’s Day on Sunday in traditional fashion, with free grandstand admission
for Dads and Moms accompanied by a child, and drawings for tickets to sporting
Drawings will be held
throughout the afternoon for tickets to many local sports teams, including the
New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Lakewood BlueClaws.
Father’s Day is always one of
the biggest days of the year at Monmouth, and the afternoon will feature Family
Fun Day activities and live music with Tim McLoone & The Shirleys.
There will also be 12 live
races, including the $65,000 Bernie Dowd Handicap for New Jersey-breds, and the
$65,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes for 3-year-olds.