Slammin’ Slew makes his stakes bow at Monmouth Park on Sunday, but in his debut on Aug. 13, he provided chalk players with more than a few anxious moments. The 2-year-old colt broke slowly and was 15 lengths behind the field all the way up the backstretch in the six-furlong maiden claiming event.
“Marquez (jockey C. H.) said he was uncomfortable and just threw his head around for a good eighth of a mile,” explained trainer Pat McBurney.
But then the son of Flatter began to find his stride, and find it quickly he did. The official chart puts him 11 lengths behind at the 3/8ths pole and just 3 ½ at the top of the stretch. Under a hand ride, Slammin’ Slew posted a length and a half win at the wire as the 3-2 favorite.
With such an impressive performance, naturally it begs the question why was he entered for a $60,000 claiming tag?
“He didn’t cost much ($12,500 as a yearling),” McBurney said. “We could have run him in a maiden special weight and knocked heads with Asmussen and Pletcher, but we thought this was the better choice. It all worked out well.”
That was seven weeks ago and after a string of steady works, Slammin’ Slew will make his two turn debut in the $75,000 Garden State Stakes in Sunday’s third race. He’s drawn post two and ironically will face Angel’s Tune from the Todd Pletcher barn and Sabercat, a Steven Asmussen trainee.
“He’s been training well for this,” McBurney said. “He acts like he wants to go longer, so this should be perfect for him.”
Slammin’ Slew is the fourth foal out of Slammin’ Lil, a stakes-placed runner. Her top runner to date is Runflatout, a graded stakes-placed runner in California.
The mile and 70 yards Garden State will go as race three on the 10-race program. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post set for 12:50 p.m.
MONMOUTH ADDS THREE FRIDAYS OF LIVE RACING IN OCTOBER
Monmouth Park will add three live cards to its 2011 calendar: Oct. 14, 21 and 28. The dates will make up days lost earlier this summer due to extreme heat (July 23) and Hurricane Irene (Aug. 27 and 28).
The 2011 schedule will now have live racing on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 9. Then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 6. In addition, a special Columbus Day card will be offered on Monday, Oct. 10.
Gates will continue to open at 11:30 a.m., with first post set at 12:50 p.m.