Horse Racing Nation is your source for the $50 million summer meet at Monmouth Park. HRN Editor Jarrod Horak will recap all of the action from the Jersey Shore, including track bias information and horses to watch. This is his third in a series of reports from Monmouth Park.
June 4 (day six) - Fast and Firm.
Stalking types dominated on both surfaces.
Hat trick for Jeremy Rose.
First time starter El Corriente (1st race) was clearly second best behind a strong favorite in the $12,500 Maiden Claiming flat mile opener on Friday. The $100,000 Keeneland sales grad has some ability and could earn his diploma in the near future.
Noisy Feet (3rd race) did not have the smoothest journey in this Optional Claiming sprint for fillies and mares. The Timothy Hills trainee, ridden by Joe Bravo, steadied on the backstretch and raced wide in the lane. She ended up a better than appears 4th and can rebound next time. Note that she was part of the Exacta in her six previous local starts.
My surface switching value top Short Shrift (6th race) has seemingly found a new home on the lawn as he stalked and pounce his way to a solid $40,000 Maiden Claiming win at a mile and a sixteenth. His dam had tossed three turf winners so he figured to take to the new footing, and Michael Moran is a competent conditioner. The $125,000 purchase deserves a look in his first start vs. winners.
June 5 (day seven) - Fast and firm.
Horses with early-pressing speed held the main track edge. Stalking types nabbed the three turf races carded.
Four-bagger for Joe Bravo. Hat trick for Paco Lopez and Carlos Marquez Jr.
Show Me The Bling (3rd race) debuted a winner for promising young sire Too Much Bling. Fellow firster Sleepless Dixie finished a clear second for Kelly Breen and should graduate in the near future.
Lady Alexander nosed Christine Daae in a thrilling Red Cross Stakes (10th race) for fillies and mares. The runner-up was returning at a less than ideal distance and had some trouble in a better than expected effort. She is worth following for Biancone.
Razor sharp turf sprint specialist Silver Timber drew clear to post a good looking two-length victory in the $100,000 Wolf Hill Stakes (11th race).
June 6 (day eight) - Fast and Firm
Horses with early-pressing speed held the main track edge. All three turf races were won in wire-to-wire fashion.
Another hat trick for hot rider Paco Lopez.
The rock hard turf course produced a flat mile world record as first turfer Mandurah (9th race) romped in 1:31.23.
Cool Bullet (10th race) sat the perfect trip behind a speed duel and wore down a game Nathan's H Q in the $100,000 Rumson S. The promising runner-up was lacking experience but has plenty of raw talent and should win a Stakes race at some point.
Two Notch Road (11th race) was my first Horse to Watch winner, and the local turf lover went all the way and paid a generous $20...hope you had it!
We are now eight days into the Survival at the Shore competition and more than 3,900 players have been eliminated. I am still alive and kicking, along with 3,417 others. Long way to go but a good start nonetheless.
The fourth week of the Monmouth summer meet will feature live racing Friday-Sunday (June 11-13). I will return next Tueday with a recap of the week four action from the Jersey Shore.
Week 4 Stakes races from Monmouth Park
Sat (6-12-10) - The Grade 3 $250,000 Monmouth Stakes (3up, 9T)
Sat (6-12-10) - The $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (3up, 8.5f)
Sun (6-13-10) - The $100,000 Open Mind Hcp (NJ-bred f&m 3up, 6f)
Sun (6-13-10) - The $100,000 Candy Eclair Stakes (f&m 3up, 5.5T)