Feeling 'Love' for the Monmouth Oaks

Feeling 'Love' for the Monmouth Oaks
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I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot this year, but what a weekend we have on tap! It seems to be ladies week around the country. We have favorite Beholder taking on the boys out west at Del Mar, while back east, the Alabama Stakes is an extremely competitive affair. Without a doubt, I will be cheering hard for my girl, I'm A Chatterbox there, but I am going to turn my focus on the Jersey Shore one last time before the sun sets on this summer.

The Grade III Monmouth Oaks features an intriguing field of 11 fillies. High Dollar Woman is the only runner with a graded stakes victory but that was in the slop at Indiana Grand. The race has quite a few story lines with it. Can Eskenformoney find that early season form again? Is Lady Serena primed for her big breakout performance? Can Trevor McCarthy score another big win on the shore with Light the City? Or will Cindy and Larry Jones get their fifth combined win in this race with White Clover? As you can see there are plenty of questions to be asked, which can happen in a wide open event like this one. That is why I find myself looking for some value.

I really like the only New Jersey-bred in the race, Love Came to Town. She is coming into this race HOT, winning her last three affairs by a combined 22 lengths. She seems to be improving with each start. This will be her longest race to date but I don’t think that will bother her all that much. Her last race at 1 mile was the best of her career and she has history on her side. Her mom is Talkin About Love who also won this race in 2007 and her dad is Medallist who won both the Dwyer and Withers Stakes.

This would be a fantastic win for the New Jersey father and son team of Gerry and Kevin Sleeter, who have been down on their luck in recent years. A victory would also give young jockey Mychel Sanchez his first graded stakes win. The team may appear to have long shot written all over them, but all it takes is one great run to erase all of that. I will have my fingers crossed that it can happen on Saturday.

8-Light the City and 4-Delightful Joy will round out my trifecta. Trust me, you do not want to overlook 10-Love Came to Town or the Monmouth Oaks on Saturday. Both may offer a nice bang for your buck! Hope everyone has a winning weekend!

Meet Jason Wood

I was born with an endless love for horses and racing. My dad owned several horses, so my favorite memories are either at the track or in the barn. I always tell my friends that I could read a racing program before I knew the alphabet! The Illinois racing circuit was home for many years. The majestic weeping willows along the backstretch of Arlington soon gave way to the warm winter nights under the lights at Sam Houston. I spent some time in Maryland and now find myself back at Sam Houston Race Park! Just like a stakes winner, I seem to always be shipping somewhere new!

My dad has passed on to the big track in the sky, but this sport allows me to carry a piece of him with me every time I walk around the track. I feel like I am a winner every time I get to be a part of racing, even if my pick doesn’t leave the starting gate!

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