Monmouth Park Unveils Stakes and Graded Stakes Schedule for 2011, despite its uncertain future!

Monmouth Park readies for a new season!

Today, Monmouth Park announced its Stakes and Graded Stakes schedule for 2011 despite all the uncertainty surrounding its future course!

The $1,000,000 GI Haskell Invitational and GI $750,000 United Nations are both fully-funded along with all the other Stakes and Graded Stakes events run here last year. 

It also appears, for now, that last year’s abbreviated meet dates will remain in effect again for 2011 with live racing only on Friday’s, Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s of holiday weekends with opening day probably being Saturday, May the 14th

Below is the schedule for now of the Stakes and Graded Stakes calendar for 2011 season!

Monday, May 30 Violet Stakes (gr. III), $150,000, F&M 3YO&UP, 1 1/16 miles (T)
Sunday, June 12 Monmouth Stakes (gr. III), $250,000, 3YO&UP, 1 1/8 miles (T)
Saturday, June 18 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III), $200,000, 3YO, 1 1/16 miles
Saturday, June 25 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. III), $150,000, 3YOF, 1 1/16 miles (T)
Saturday, July 2 Salvator Mile (gr. III), $200,000, 3YO&UP, one mile
Sunday, July 3 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III), $150,000, 3YO, 6 furlongs
Saturday, July 9 Long Branch Stakes, $150,000, 3YO, 1 1/16 miles
Sunday, July 31 Haskell Invitational (gr. I), $1 million, 3YO, 1 1/8 miles
   Oceanport Stakes (gr. III), $200,000, 3YO&UP, 1 1/16 miles (T)
   Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III), $200,000, F&M 3YO&, 1 1/8 miles (T)
   Lady’s Secret Stakes, $100,000, F&M 3YO&UP, 1 1/16 miles
   Regret Stakes, $100,000, F&M 3YO&UP, 6 furlongs
   Teddy Drone Stakes, $100,000, 3YO&UP, 6 furlongs
   Majestic Light Stakes, $100,000, 3YO&UP, 1 1/16 miles
   Jersey Derby Stakes, $100,000, 3YO, 1 1/16 miles (T)
Saturday, Aug. 13 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III), $150,000, 3YOF, 1 1/16 miles
Saturday, Aug. 20 Philip H. Iselin Stakes, (gr. III), $250,000, 3YO&UP, 1 1/8 miles
Sunday, Aug. 28 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II), $250,000, F&M 3YO&UP, 1 1/16 miles
Saturday, Sept. 3 Sapling Stakes (gr. III), $150,000, 2YO, 6 furlongs
Sunday, Sept. 4 Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. III), $150,000, 3YO&UP, one mile (T)
Monday, Sept. 5 Sorority Stakes, $100,000, 2YOF, 6 furlongs

* Less monied stakes to be announced later!

“Uncle Mo” is 3/1 in early “Kentucky Derby” pools!

"Mo" winning at the Downs last fall!

After his season debut in Saturday’s “Timely Writer” Stakes win,  “Uncle Mo” tightened his grip on the top spot in all the early “Kentucky Derby” pools! Here’s how they stand right now, in alphabetical order!

1 Anthony’s Cross / 45-1 – S/A derby next for him, will be a factor in it!
2 Archarcharch / 50-1 – Southwest winner deserves a Rebel shot at least !
3 Astrology / 53-1  – No training plan, backed out of  Rebel, going nowhere fast!
4 Brethren / 30-1  – Needs a new plan after Satuday’s effort!          
5 Comma to the Top /85-1- Diddo for this one , as well!
6 Dialed In / 11-1- needed more work, got it, came late for 2nd in his Alw try! 
7  Elite Alex / 31-1- off the radar right now but needs a G/S board hit at 2-turns!
8 Gourmet Dinner / 42-1- put Calvin up on a off derby track and maybe he wins!
9 J P’s Gusto / 61-1- out in the Rebel this Sat., needs a good showing there!
10 Jaycito / 16-1 – S/A Derby bound after a decent 2nd in San Felipe Sat.!
11 Machen / 68-1 – put up or shut up time in the L.A. Derby!
12 Mucho Macho Man / 29-1 A good win in the L.A. Derby and big odds are gone!
13 Rogue Romance / 36-1 – Bruised heel, but can still make the derby field!
14 Runflatout / 31-1- Flatout got beat in Sat’s SanFelipe, a sprinter perhaps!
15 Santiva / 31-1 – Good horse but needs a big showing somewhere and soon!
16 Silver Medallion / 31-1- good horse maybe the Sunland Derby for him next!
17 Soldat / 13-1-Solid contender, Fla Derby bound, test for Uncle Mo there!
18 Stay Thirsty / 25-1 Fla or NY next for him, depends on where “Mo” goes!
19 Sway Away / 18-1 under the radar 3yo, needs a 2-turn good showing next!
20 Sweet Ducky / 75-1- privately sold, off to Dubai, no Ky Derby for him!
21 The Factor 32-1-Out Sat in the Rebel, 1st 2-turn try, will be a factor for 3/4’s
22 To Honor and Serve / 14-1- Training better, rust gone, gives Mo test in Wood!
23 Uncle Mo / 3-1- 22 and 4 in last 1/4 on Sat “ouch” Take 3/1 now, won’t be there on D-Day!
24 Mutuel Field (All Others) / 7-2- box 23 and 24 on Derby day, it’s the only way to win anything, right now!

“Always A Princess” Retired!

Always a Princess winning the GII La Canada last month!

Always A Princess was retired earlier today after suffering a heart-aching breakdown in the stretch of the GI Santa Margarita Stakes yesterday at Santa Anita Park.

She took a bad step while being eased after a galant early effort in leading this GI clash. As she when down she injured her left front ankle.

The 4-year-old filly was “moving comfortably” Sunday morning and was scheduled to undergo surgery Sunday for her injured left front ankle at the Equine Medical Center in Cypress, according to Jim Barnes, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert.

We wish her a very speedy recovery!

UPDATE:  Always A Princess came thorough her surgery just fine and the prognosis going forward for her looks good!

GII “San Felipe” Stakes goes to “Premier Pegasus”!

Premier Pegasus dusting the San Felipe field!

In a mile and 1/16 race contest, run in lights out early factions, Premier Pegasus picked up the pieces of this dying, supercharged pace with a strong finish to win the GII San Felipe Stakes, for 3yo with a purse of $250,000 at Santa Anita today.

Coming 2nd was the favorite Jaycito out for his first try of the season. 3rd going to Bench Points with fourth going to Comma on the Top!

The real story in this race has to be the insane factions set here of 21:75, 44:58 and 1:08.98 in the first 3 panels so it’s little wonder the closers came at the end here today.

This race speaks volumes to the notion of correct rating and pace in a 2-turn event. The need for speed on the lead here at Santa Anita so far this meet isn’t going to succeed for long on this new dirt surface, at long distances. The Cal-bred poly horses were going to have all kinds of 2-turn problems with dirt shippers of championship distance quality! You folks in sunny So/Cal this is your 2-turn wake up call. Wakey Wakey!

So we did have the exacta for you here from our pre race posting thoughts netting you $24 for a $1 try!  So watch these crazy factions unfold in a race replay below!