Get Serious, who has won 10 of 14 starts on the Monmouth turf course, returns to optimal conditions when he heads a field of eight in Saturday’s $75,000 Battlefield Stakes at one mile on the turf.
In his two starts this year, the 7-year-old ran ninth in the off-the-turf Elkwood in May, and then last out was fourth in the nine-furlong Monmouth Stakes (G3) over a grass course rated “good” on June 12.
We probably shouldn’t have run him on the soft grass,” trainer John Forbes said, “but he probably got a lot out of the race. His first start, in the Elkwood, was a throwout because he despises dirt.
“But now he gets back to his favorite distance and if the turf course is firm, he’ll be fine. I think the way he’s training, he’ll run well,” Forbes said.
Get Serious won the Battlefield Stakes in 2009, and last year took the Monmouth Stakes, Red Bank Stakes and Oceanport Stakes, all Grade 3, to run his record for one mile on grass here to six wins in seven starts.
Get Serious does his best running on the front end, and it looks like he’ll have some company on the lead with trainer Patrick Biancone sending out the quick sprinter Sayif.
“He doesn’t have to be in front,” Forbes said. “He’ll let a horse go on past him.”
Get Serious is old enough to have his own way of doing things, which Forbes said presents a challenge.
“He’s a tough customer to train and to ride,” Forbes said, “because you never know what he’s thinking. But this looks like the right spot.”