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Uncle Otto Faces Older in Dowd

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.”




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 events.


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.







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