Arklow Makes Six Day Turnaround at Monmouth
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Saturday’s card at Monmouth Park includes six stakes races, with the $300,000 United Nations (G1) for older males on the grass a big draw for older turf males from the East Coast.
The 1 3/8-mile contest features Arklow, who wheels back after a six-day rest following a race in the Eklhorn (G2) at Keeneland on July 12. The son of Arch finished sixth as the second choice in that contest, but came out of the race well. Brad Cox trains the six-year-old $1.8 million earner for Donegal Racing and Joseph Bulger. Jockey Mike Smith is due in to ride the six-time winner.
Standard Deviation will break alongside Arklow, who drew the rail. Four-year-old Standard Deviation hails from the Graham Motion barn. The son of Curlin was with Chad Brown last year when he won the Jersey Derby and Tale of the Cat Stakes over this course. Grade 1 placed last November, Standard Deviation went overseas to run second in a $1 million group 1 race in Qatar. He was sixth in his United States return, but was beaten less than three lengths and needed that race to prep for this. Trevor McCarthy will ride.
Mike Maker sends Aquaphobia from Kentucky. The seven-year-old Giant’s Causeway son of out Grade 1 winner Pussycat Doll is a turf stakes winner this year, and ws second in his lone try over this course in 2017. He is a hard knocking type with eight wins, six seconds, and six thirds in 35 starts. He was fourth, beaten just over a length, in Grade 2 company at Churchill Downs last out, and could appreciate the stretch out in distance. Joe Bravo will ride.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sends out Current, fifth in the Tiller Stakes at Belmont Park last out. That was over this distance, but the $725,000 son of Curlin has run well at marathon distances before. He was third, beaten just a neck, in the Grade 2 Pan American at Gulfstream Park in March, and was second on this course last year in the Jersey Derby. A Grade 3 winning juvenile, Current has struggled to regain his form since.
Paret (Aus) was the winner of the Tiller Stakes, defeating two of today’s rivals. The son of Harbour Watch (Ire) shipped in from Australia last May, and has since been knocking on the door for a nice win. He was second at Parx in stakes company last fall, then second in the Point of Entry in October before winning his return to the races last out. James Lawrence trains the five-time winner, who drew outside the field.
Corelli, O Dionysus, Muggsamatic, and the maiden Eve’s Medal round out the field. Watch and wager on the entire Haskell card with TVG.
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