With a 2014 start to build on, Best Actor will enter Saturday’s $37,800 allowance/optional claiming feature set for a flat mile over the turf.
“He’s a really good horse,” said trainer Jason Servis. “He had a bit of a shoulder issue over the winter so we gave him time off. He came back to run okay and I expect he’ll improve off that effort.”
That race was on July 27, Haskell Day, when Best Actor finished sixth of 10 when running three-wide around the turn. Prior to that he was third in the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream in December before a trio of runner-up efforts.
“He’s eligible for the Claiming Crown (Dec. 6 at Gulfstream) again,” Servis said. “That’s what we’ll target. I’ve got about six or seven right now for that event.”
A 7-year-old gelding by Rock Hard Ten from the Unaccounted For mare Dance for Dixie, Best Actor has earned over $250k from 38 starts. He’ll have the services of jockey Gabriel Saez in Saturday’s feature, which goes as the seventh of 10 races.
Gates will open 11:30 a.m., with first post set for 12:50 p.m.
SPEEDY STREET BRAWL, CLOSER FUZZY MUZZLE SET TO GO IN SUNDAY FEATURE
In this corner, it’s speedball Street Brawl, wearing the black and orange colors of Joseph A. Ioia and Chuck Spina. In the other corner it’s the closer Fuzzy Muzzle, sporting the hot pink, blue and green of Rock Talk Farm. The two are set to meet in Sunday’s six furlong $37,800 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park.
“He’s a speed horse, that’s his style,” said Spina, who also conditions Street Brawl. “He’s had some issues in the past, but he’s doing great now.”
After a 25 month layoff, Street Brawl returned to the races on June 20 of this year, where he showed speed before weakening. Two starts later he found himself in the winner’s circle in a claiming event here before trying a starter allowance at Parx on Aug. 25.
“He ran great there,” Spina said. “If he runs back to that race he’s right in the hunt here.”
From six lifetime starts, Street Brawl has visited the winner’s circle three times. The 5-year-old gelding will break from post seven in the overflowing field of 13. Jockey Jose Ferrer has the return call.
Closer to the rail, trainer Jason Servis will saddle Fuzzy Muzzle from post two with Trevor McCarthy aboard. The stone-cold closer exits a win here on Aug. 16.
“He’ll be coming with his run, that’s for sure,” said Servis. “He’s a solid horse and should get a nice pace scenario up front.”
A 5-year-old gelding by Closing Argument from the Victory Gallop mare Hope’s Folly, Fuzzy Muzzle sports a record of 3-0-3 from 13 outings.
Sunday’s feature goes as race nine on the 10-race program.
FOOD TRUCKTOBERFEST BACK AT MONMOUTH PARK THIS SATURDAY
The food trucks will be rolling back into Monmouth Park this Saturday for the annual Food “Trucktoberfest” celebration. More than 20 trucks will be on hand offering up culinary delights, including Max’s Famous Hot Dogs, Enzo’s Pizza, Red Hook Lobster Pound and Tony’s Italian Sausage, to name but a few.
In addition, an authentic German beer garden will be on tap with $5 beers, including Longtrail Oktoberfest, Licher, Hofbrau Oktoberest, Spaten Oktoberfest and Frankziskaner Weiss.
Saturday’s gates will open at 11:30 a.m., with the Food Trucktoberfest festivities running through 5 p.m. The 10-race Thoroughbred race card gets underway at 12:50 p.m.
Grandstand admission to the track is $3, seniors $2, children 12 and under free. And, as always, anyone wearing Lederhosen will receive free admission.
$200 HANDICAPPING CONTEST THIS SUNDAY AT MONMOUTH PARK
The annual Monmouth Park/Woodbine Handicapping Contest returns to Oceanport this Sunday with a pair of spots to the 2015 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship on the line.
The $200 entry fee includes a $100 non refundable entry fee and a $100 tournament bankroll. Players must bet a minimum of 10 races, including five from Monmouth and five from Woodbine, with the Ricoh Woodbine Mile a mandatory race. Win, Place and/or Show wagers with a $10 minimum per race are required.
Walk-up registrations will be taken from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Grandstand gate and Clubhouse entrance.
Source: Monmouth Park