Speed Seeker looks to repeat her recent stakes win in Miss Liberty

May 27, 2016 10:44am
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Speed Seeker looks to repeat her performance in her last stakes win when she takes to the Monmouth Park turf course for only the second time in her career in Sunday’s $75,000 Miss Liberty Stakes going a mile.

“She really likes coming back to Monmouth,” said trainer Joan Scott, who conditions the horses for Robert Johnson, Frank Coniglio and Frank Ferrogine.

The five-year-old mare by Heatseeker out of the Southern Halo mare Seraphic Too went wire-to-wire two starts back to win the Tampa Bay Downs Distaff Turf by two lengths, setting a stakes record.

“We put blinkers on her that day and she showed plenty of speed and ended posting a new stakes record,” said Scott.

Speed Seeker has worked twice over the Monmouth main track since returning from Florida. The most recent coming on May 21, where she went four furlongs in :49.

“There seems to be some speed in the race, so we will see how she breaks,” said Scott. “Erick Rodriguez will be back aboard and she has run her best races with him riding.”

In her only start on the Monmouth turf, Speed Seeker finished fifth in last year’s Grade 3 Eatontown behind multiple graded stakes winner I’m Already Sexy.

The top two finishers from Speed Seeker’s last start, where she finished fourth in the Powder Break at Gulfstream Park, Cali Thirty Seven and Notte D’oro, return to join the mare back in the starting gate.

Graded stakes winner Isabella Sings, out of Todd Pletcher’s barn, looks to notch another Monmouth Park stakes under her belt as she won last year’s Little Silver and has been set as the 7-2 morning line favorite.

The Miss Liberty goes as race nine on Sunday’s 10-race program.  Gates will open early at 11 a.m. as Monmouth Park hosts the second of a three-day Food Truck Festival.

Posse Dreamin returns to the Monmouth Park dirt for the first time since Aug. 23 and looks to score his second career stakes win on the track in Saturday’s $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap going six furlongs.

“He’s been doing great since coming up from Florida,” said breeder, owner and trainer Eddie Broome. “He worked nicely a few weeks ago over the track and he is ready to go.”

The 4-year-old gelding by Posse out of the West Acre mare Don’t Stop Dreamin has worked twice over the Monmouth dirt since coming up from Gulfstream Park, with the latest being a four furlong breeze in :50 4/5 on May 21.

“The work two back (five furlongs in 1:00 4/5) was to stretch him out a little bit,” said Broome.

Posse Dreamin’s last try on the dirt was on April 13 in a $62,500 allowance optional claiming event going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park, where he finished second by six lengths to Delta Bluesman, who finished third in last year’s Teddy Drone on Haskell Day.

“We probably won’t go to the lead because Green Gratto will be the early speed,” said Broome. “The plan is to sit right off of him.”

The competition looks to be stiff for Posse Dreamin as the morning line favorite at 3-1, Green Gratto, a graded stakes winner, exits a third place finish in the Diablo Stakes last time out at Belmont Park. Saucy Don, out of the Teresa Pompay barn, comes back to defend his Reilly ‘Cap title after taking this race by a head last year.

Jason Servis trained Fuzzy Muzzle returns to Monmouth Park after a seven month layoff to try for his second stakes win in as many tries. He won the Charles Hesse III in September.

Jonathon Gonzales is back aboard Posse Dreamin again after leading him to the winner’s circle   in his last start.

The John J. Reilly goes as race nine on Saturday’s 10-race program.  Gates will open early at 11 a.m. as Monmouth Park hosts the first of a three-day Food Truck Festival.

Source: Monmouth Park


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