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Opening Day At Monmouth Park for 2011!

Opening Day at Monmouth Park today

Yes, Spring has finally sprung at the Jersey Shore today with opening day at Monmouth Park!

An estimated crowd in the 5-figure range (no one knows for certain, because everyone got in free today) was on hand to fire up this 2011 meet today!
 
Yours truly, took in the live music in the Monmouth backyard, caught up with some old friends, eat some of this fine Monmouth Park cuisine and wagered a bob or two on the outcome of some of the better races.
 
The race of the day here today was race #10 in the $75,000, Decathlon Stakes ,for 4yos and up, going 6f , on the Main track!
 
This One’s for Phil was the even money winner with Wildcat Brief coming a closing 2nd after just an awful start, both were coming off long layoffs in this scratch laden field of 5!
 
It was good to see the old girl withstood any hard Jersey Shore winter as there was a lively springtime buzz in the crowd here today, everywhere I went!
 
So live racing is back, once again, at The Shore’s Greatest Stretch and we’ll bring you all the latest happenings from here to the Haskell Invitational and beyond!
 
Click here to read more on Monmouth Park’s Opening Day!
 
Stay tuned!
 

Alternation wins GII Peter Pan

Alternation (seen here) won today’s $200,000, going 1 1/8 mile GII Peter Pan Stakes over Adios Charlie by a head at Belmont Park!

Come 3rd back 4 1/2 lengths was Prime Cut and the super was filled out by Joe Vann back another 2 1/2 lengths!

Bold Deed at 31/1 set good early factions of 23.78, 47.14 and 1:11.90 with Adios Charlie in tote all the way around this 1-turn race into the stretch run. It was there that Adios Charlie took control of this race and almost held off the late running Alternation who poked his head up in time to win at the line in 1:49.53!

Take Away’s,

  1. Alternation would seem to be the only horse coming out of this race that would make a good fit for the Belmont Stakes next month, but his connection didn’t commit to that race, just yet! 
  2. The connection of Adios Charlie are thinking maybe a Jim Dandy try next for him! Sounds good to us!
  3. Prime Cut and Joe Vann both will be looking a spot in all those other 3yo contests with the name Derby on it!

As to our picks, if you box an 6-8-4-10, exacta, tri and super, you won a sweep of all the exotic’s here today, as we did give you Prime Cut, Adios Charlie, Joe Vann and Alternation as our first four names in our race preview post! 

Nice to get a 3yo race right on the money for a change!

So another Belmont Stakes prep race is in the books as Belmont Stakes looms just 4 weeks away now and who knows, maybe, we’ll get a Triple Crown winner this year! It’s been that kind of a strange year, so far!

See a race relay below!

How good is Animal Kingdom, really?

Kentucky Derby Winner

How good is Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, really? 

His pedigree is one of a modest turf horse, but his connection are first-rate with trainer H. Graham Motion and jockey John Velazquez.

 
His racing resume too was modest before his derby win with just a GIII win at Turfway Park, but a closer look at that resume reveals something a bit different!
 
Animal Kingdom had always finish first or second in all of his races and never beaten by very much either!
 
He had run against some very decent, derby level type company in those early races like Wilcox Inn, Decisive Moment, Twinspired and Powhatan County, so he was tested!
 
So yes, he did deserve a derby gate, but lets look a little deeper at this Kentucky Derby winning performance!
 
The winning time of 2:02.04 isn’t anything special in the annuls of Derby lure, but it was faster than the following recent derby winners: Super Saver, Mine That Bird, Street Sense, Giacomo, Smarty Jones and most of the 1990’s winners too!
 
To go one step further, Animal Kingdom’s winning time would have beaten the 2010 Breeders Cup Classic rivals Blame and Zenyatta by a quarter second or about 1 1/4 length!
 
In other words, those two monsters would have been watching Animal Kingdom go right by them in the very deep Churchill stretch!
 
Yes, it is a fair comparison because those races were run over the same track, at the same distances over similar track conditions and time of day, plus Animal Kingdom had this much slower pace on Saturday to run at!
 
No, Animal Kingdom isn’t among the great ones yet, but he has got one leg up towards that end and a 2011 B/C Classic gate right here in Louisville again, if he wants it!
 
So for right now, he deserves a little respect and the favorite’s role in next Saturday’s 136th Preakness Stakes as he is the 2011 Kentucky Derby champ and the fastest 3yo at a mile and 1/4 in the land!
 
No one else can say that right now!
 
So how good is Animal Kingdom, really? 
 
Well, very good, right now as he is the very essence of a downthestretchs adage that goes “Good horses will run well on everything, Bad horses will run badly over anything”! Animal Kingdom is that rare “Good Horse“!
 
We will know more on May the 21st when he takes to the Pimlico main track and takes on all comers in what now appears to be a full field of 13 other rivals!