HRN Monmouth Report: Week 5

HRN Monmouth Report: Week 5

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 fifth in a series of reports from Monmouth Park.

June 18 (day 12) - Fast and Firm. 

Early-pressing types best on the main track. Stalkers nabbed both turf routes.   

Hat trick for Eibar Coa. Rick Dutrow and Terri Pompay saddled two winners on the day.

A strange claiming turf route (9th race) saw my top choice Ice Baby Ice run away to a sixteen-length lead in :21-2/5 and :45-1/5. Needless to say his goose was cooked and eventual winner Double Eagle sat patiently in second as the true pacesetter. This race cost me the Pick 5 as I had the other four winners and took Ice Baby Ice and Macho Prado in this spot.  

June 19 (day 13) - Fast and firm. 

Main track played fair. Stalkers and closers best on the turf course. 

Hat trick for Elvis Trujillo. Javier Castellano booted home a pair.

Afleet Express (10th race) sat the right tactical trip behind dueling leaders Jackson Bend and Schoolyard Dreams and had plenty left in the tank to hold off Afleet Again in the 29th running of the Grade 3 Pegasus. The 1-2 finishers were both sired by Afleet Alex. Soaring Empire was along for the show. The winner completed his 8.5f journey in 1:45.46.

Earlier on the card, late blooming Zito 3-year-old Our Dark Knight (Medaglia d'Oro) crusied to an easy NW2X Allowance win. He also went 8.5f and covered the distance in 1:45.44. Sunshine Rambler was clearly second best followed by Allez Reef in a spread out field.

June 20 (day 14) - Fast and Firm

Early-pressing types best on the main track. Turf course played fair.  

Joe Bravo, Paco Lopez, and Elvis Trujillo each booted home a pair. Kelly Breen saddled two winners on the afternoon.

2-year-old first time starter Sweet Ducky (Pulpit) rolled to an easy debut win in Sunday's opening race. He dashed five furlongs in :59.07 for Garrett Gomez and Kelly Breen. Ghost Black (Biancone) and Biddy (Pletcher) finished well clear of the rest and are worth following. 

Longshot jockey Francisco Maysonett struck again with a stalk and pounce ride aboard Evenings End ($32.20) in the Bernie Dowd Handicap for NJ-breds.

Escrow Kid crossed the line first in a rough renewal of the Anderson Fowler S. but ducked out sharply and had his number taken down. Flamin' Hot was awarded the victory

I made it through Friday and Saturday in the Survival at the Shore competition, but Sunday was a different story. My strategy from day one was to take value contenders in each contest race and June 20 was no different. The only problem was my three contenders all ended up 4th so I have been eliminated...bummer. Bernie The Maestro (10th race) was my last chance and he was placed 4th via DQ after checking sharply in the lane. What a way to go out!  

Week 6 Stakes races from Monmouth Park

Sat (6-26-10) - The $100,000 Lighthouse Stakes (f&m 3up, 8.5f)

Sat (6-26-10) - The $150,000 Grade 3 Boiling Springs (3yo fil, 8.5T)

Sun (6-27-10) - The $100,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes (f&m 3up, 6f)

Sun (6-27-10) - The $100,000 Crank It Up Stakes (3yo fil, 5.5T)

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