Ladies and gentlemen, be sure to tune in Sunday to catch the $75K My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park. The race attracted eight three-year-olds to sprint five and a half furlongs over the lawn. You know what that means, don't you? Get ready for some blazing opening quarters and powerful rallies, as these horses will be flying late. It's a wide-open race; the longest shot is 15-1 and the shortest is just 2-1. Let's have a closer look and review three top contenders.
Race 11, $75K My Frenchman Stakes — 5 1/2 furlongs, Turf, Three-year-olds only.
Post Time is 5:15 PM ET.
IT CAN BE DONE: 6-1
CHASING ARTIE: 2-1
SMOKIN' JAY: 10-1
MAMBA ON THREE: 9-2
SECOND OF JULY: 15-1
The top two favorites, FAUCI and CHASING ARTIE, have scores to settle with each other. They raced against each other back in April in the $100K Palisades Turf Sprint at Keeneland, where FAUCI was the odds-on favorite that day, but found himself in traffic during the stretch drive, and when he found daylight, he could not outfinish CHASING ARTIE, who just ran on by like a freight train. The replay is shown below:
FAUCI just looks great coming into this race for trainer Philip Antonacci. The son of MALIBU MOON exits a win over this Monmouth Park turf. It was a $48k Allowance last month, going five and a half furlongs, and competing against older horses for the first time. He earned a new top speed figure while beating them. Jockey Nik Juarez was aboard for that win, and will return for the task.
CHASING ARTIE for trainer Wesley Ward is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The last time we saw him was finishing a decent third in the $125K Woodstock at Woodbine, which was run over the synthetic surface. He hopped at the start and had to rate near the back of the pack, though he was very keen to go. He finished quite nicely, but wasn't catching the winner. Now he returns to the turf where he's undefeated in his only two tries. No one has been named yet to ride this son of WE MISS ARTIE. He fired a bullet on June 13th, going 5F on the turf in 1:01.20, the fastest of six works at that distance. He has not recorded any training since. Here's the replay of his last race below:
Have you noticed the red-hot Paco Lopez at Monmouth Park? He's got 27 wins — just one win behind Jose C. Ferrer who sits on top with 28.
Paco Lopz rides the six-horse, MAMBA ON THREE, who will be making his first start at Monmouth Park for trainer David Carlos.
MAMBA ON THREE has 2 wins and 1 second with Paco Lopez on board. The son of BIG DRAMA finished sixth last time out under a different rider, but switches back to Paco Lopez who knows how to get him home.