Monmouth Park has always run a series of Jersey-bred stakes races on dirt, but only one on turf – the Dan Horn. That was was scrapped this year. However, Jersey-breds get on the grass in today’s 8th race, an allowance race with a $50,000 purse.
Monmouth Race 8 – Our play is #3 Cheddar Chub (4-1). After running a decent third at the Meadowlands on grass last year, he returned in an open-company, first-level allowance race on May 20th. Breaking from post 10, Cheddar Chub was the first to attack a pace that completely collapsed – the top four finishers were 6-9-8-10 at the half-mile call. Cheddar Club held on pretty well to be fifth in what was a much tougher field than he meets today.
Monmouth Race 6 – #3 Abundant Faith (8-1) is another with an upset chance on the Shore today. This gelding runs in a $25k claimer, dropping out of several allowance races. He ran very well at the Meadowlands in October, pressing a fast pace that fell apart. In his first start of this year, he didn’t do much running but the race was dominated up front and he probably needed one off the bench. If he can run back to his October race, and he should get some more pace to attack today, then he is an upset threat for trainer Holly Harris.