HRN Monmouth Report - Week 6

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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 sixth in a series of reports from Monmouth Park.

June 25 (day 15) - Fast and Firm. 

Edge to early-pressing types in sprints. Stalkers and closers best over a route of ground. Turf favored patient runners.   

Four-bagger for Joe Bravo. Angel Serpa and Elvis Trujillo both booted home a pair.  

Matthew T C (4th race) did all of the pace dirty work and was outfinished by Sir Tyler T. It was more than eighteen back to the show finisher so the top two dominated this claiming $5,000 route.

June 26 (day 16) - Fast and Firm. 

Early-pressing types (6 wire jobs) dominated on both surfaces.   

Hat trick for Garrett Gomez included wins in both Stakes races. Jose Lezcano and Paco Lopez both booted home a pair.  

Marilyn's Guy (3rd race) could not catch wire job winner Our Edge but was clearly second best and is worth following for McLaughlin.

Strike It Rich (9th race) seized command under Garrett Gomez and was never seriously threatened en route to a sharp wire job tally in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs for grassy 3-year-old fillies. Bay To Bay rallied for the place from post 10 over a speed conducive surface and could have won under different circumstances. 

Malibu Prayer (10th race) took full advantage of a few key speed scratches, her cozy rail draw, and a lack of pace to win the $100,000 Lighthouse Stakes. Luna Vega was in fine form last year and found some of that old spark in a solid place finish. Course lover Just Jenda was another half length back in 3rd, and it was a mile back to the rest. I will follow the place/show finishers.

June 27 (day 17) - Fast and Firm. 

Early-pressing speed strong on the main track. Turf course played fair.   

Hat trick for Eddie Castro. Joe Bravo booted home a pair. 

Morning Line (3rd race) cruised to an easy straight Maiden route tally for Zito. The $700,000 son of Tiznow could end up being a decent sort.

Talented NJ-bred Way With Words (9th race) got up to beat open company by a neck in the $100,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes for fillies and mares. The Mary Eppler trainee completed her six furlong journey in 1:10.39 and handles a variety of distances/surfaces.

Greeley's Rocket (10th race) sat a smart tactical trip and rolled to a sharp tally over favorite Whoopi Kitten in the $100,000 Crank It Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The winner covered her grassy five and one-half furlongs in 1:01.81 under the capable Jeremy Rose. 

Week 7 Stakes races from Monmouth Park

Sat (7-03-10) - The Grade 1 United Nations Stakes (3up, 11T)

Sat (7-03-10) - The Grade 3 Salvator Mile (3up, 8f)

Sun (7-04-10) - The Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes (3yo, 6f)

Sun (7-04-10) - The $100,000 Miss Liberty Stakes (f&m 3up, 8.5T)

Mon (7-05-10) - The $100,000 Choice Stakes (3yo, 9T)

Mon (7-05-10) - The $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (3up, 6f)


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