Full Salute back to grass in Select Stakes

June 10, 2016 11:26am
Full Salute wins 2015 Buffalo Man
Photo: Lauren King, Gulfstream West

With a win at the meet already to his credit, Full Salute enters Monmouth Park’s Sunday feature, the $60,000 Select Stakes, as the 5-2 morning line favorite for owner Morris Bailey.

“He’s been on the turf before and liked it,” said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.  “He’s training really well.  His last race here was super and he’s been doing great since that race.  He’s a talented colt and he should be tough again.”

The turf start referenced is last year’s Tyro Stakes over the Monmouth green where Full Salute was sent off the 8-5 favorite in the field of 10.  He settled for second that day to Expected Ruler, who upset his rivals at 47-1 to break his maiden at first asking in that stakes event.  Expected Ruler will break from post six on Sunday, two stalls inside Full Salute.  Expected Ruler, who won two-back at Keeneland, is the 7-2 second choice in the field of nine 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Since last year’s Tyro, Full Salute went on to a runner-up finish in the Sapling, captured the Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx and the Buffalo Man at Gulfstream Park West before finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Hutcheson in January while wide around the turn.

The come back race for the son of Speightstown was May 22 where he won a nose decision after setting all the fractions, stopping the timer in 1:09 3/5 for six furlongs.

The Select Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs, goes as the tenth of 11 races on Sunday’s card, approximate post time will be 5:24 p.m.


Get ready to cheer on the Scarlet Knights this Saturday at Monmouth Park as the racetrack plays host to Rutgers Day.  All guests wearing Rutgers gear will receive free Grandstand admission, and everyone will have a chance for photos with the Rutgers’ mascot.

Newly named Athletic Director Pat Hobbs will be on-hand for a meet-and-greet, while a tent will be erected at the Grandstand entrance to discuss the upcoming football season for the Big 10 Scarlet Knights.



The third jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes runs this Saturday and Monmouth Park is the place to be to catch all the simulcast action from Big Sandy.

Saturday’s gates will open early at 11 a.m. with Belmont Park’s first race, the Easy Goer Stakes going at 11:35 a.m.

Belmont’s entire card, which will be beamed-in to Monmouth to watch and wager, has five Grade 1 races, a pair of Grade 2’s and a Grade 3 event.

The Belmont Stakes has an estimated post of 6:35 p.m. 



The 46th annual Irish Festival will return to Monmouth Park this Sunday, June 12. Enjoy a beautiful day of live racing highlighted by Irish step dancing, crafters, food, and a pipe and drum competition. Three different stages throughout the park will host music from the Emerald Isle all day long.

Patrons will also get a chance to enjoy the fan-favorite Human Horse Race, where runners will break from the gate in a sprint on Monmouth’s main track for charity, each in his or her own saddle cloth.

Monmouth Park’s Family Fun Day will continue as well with face painting, pony rides, and a bounce house in the picnic area. 

The day kicks off early with a special Irish Mass at 11 a.m. on the Grandstand’s paddock side, first floor.  Gates will open on Sunday at 10 a.m., with first post slated at 12:50 p.m. 

Source: Monmouth Park


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