I've been waiting for the return of Money Multiplier

July 29, 2017 04:47pm
World Approval beats Money Multiplier in 2015 Saranac.
Photo: NYRA

Today's win by Hunter O'Riley in the Bowling Green Stakes was further proof that the older turf male division is the weakest of all in American racing. The main players, so far in 2017, take turns beating each other, and they don't leave you wanting more when they do win. That's as big a reason as any why I've been waiting so eagerly for the return of Money Multiplier.

At long last, I will get my wish when the Chad Brown-trained son of Lookin At Lucky returns in Saturday's Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes, as part of the Haskell Invitational undercard. While I expect him to win tomorrow at Monmouth Park, I'm looking for this to be only the beginning for the five-year-old ridgling.

It might seem odd that I am talking this way about a horse that has never even won a stakes race, but I honestly believe he could be better than any American based turf male this year. As already discussed -- the bar is not currently set very high.

Owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, Money Multipiler was knocking on the door last year. Twice an allowance winner on the turf in 2016, he could just never quite break through in a stakes race. He did run strong second-place finishes in three different Grade 1 races last year, and on three different turf courses. They included the Man O' War at Belmont, the United Nations at Monmouth Park, and the Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga. That last one was to the champion turf male Flintshire.

Unfortunately, 'on the brink of something big' never materialized itself in his final two races of his four-year-old season, as he caught an awful course condition in the Turf Classic, and a tough trip in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Of course, excuses are just that, so we need to see Money Multiplier actually win one of these graded stakes, before rating him near the top of his division.

As for tomorrow's Monmouth Stakes, Irish Straight (English Channel -- Irish Sovereign) looks to be the main danger to a winning return for Money Multiplier. Trained by Graham Motion, the five-year-old gelding is a half brother to the morning line Haskell favorite, Irish War Cry, and is coming off a sharp win over the course in the Red Bank Stakes. 

A sharp horse no doubt, but not one that should be able to handle the improving turf horse I saw in Money Multiplier last year. Chad Brown should have him ready, and this division is very much ripe for the taking.


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