Trainer Wesley Ward has been
red-hot at Monmouth Park all summer long, saddling 14 winners from 35 starters
– good for a 40% winning percentage.
On Saturday, Ward
will look to add a pair of stakes races to his 2011 Monmouth Park resume. The conditioner has Black Rhino and
Politicallycorrect entered for the Continental Mile and Pleasant Prince in
the Philip H. Iselin (G3).
“We have a few ways
we can go in the Continental Mile,” Ward said.
“We’re still going back and forth between this race and the Sapling (G3
on Sept. 3 at Monmouth) for Black Rhino.
He worked really well on the main track at Aqueduct last time. [Owner] Ken Ramsey has a really nice son of
Kitten’s Joy in Politicallycorrect. He
can really run. He just lacks seasoning
Politicallycorrect would be making his career debut in the Continental Mile,
Black Rhino is already a proven commodity on the grass. The 2-year-old El Corredor colt broke his
maiden by eight lengths on the Churchill Downs turf back in June. Last out, Black Rhino finished fourth in the
Grade 2 Sanford behind the highly-touted Overdriven.
One race after the
Continental Mile, Ward will saddle 4-year-old Pleasant Prince in the $250,000
The Inca King colt
captured his first race of 2011 last out in an allowance event at Monmouth
Park. Last November, Pleasant Prince
finished ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“He’s a very big
horse,” Ward said. “So it’s kind of taken him some time to get back into
form. I thought his last race was very
good. It looks like he’s back. He went from fifth to first in four strides
once he got running room.”
As far as a return
trip to the Breeders’ Cup this year:
hopeful,” Ward said. “He’s going to have
to step up his game, but we think he can do it.”