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Orseno Duo Looks To Grab Monmouth Oaks Title

Posted Friday, Aug 19, 2016

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Trainer Joe Orseno sends out both Mo’ Green and Hi Holiday as they each go for their first graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Monmouth Oaks going a mile and a sixteenth.

            Mo’ Green is coming off a win in the a $20,000 allowance optional claiming event over a sloppy track on July 29 at Monmouth Park where she sat comfortably along the backstretch before pulling away in hand to the 5 ¾ length score.

            “We’ve given her a lot of time to develop and it seems like her career is just getting started,” said Orseno, who conditions the horse for DJ Stable LLC. “Paco (jockey Lopez) was very high on her after winning their last race and she came out of it great.”

            The 3-year-old filly by Uncle Mo out of the Two Punch mare She’s a Rebel Too has hit the board in each of her three starts over the Monmouth Park main track including a second place finish behind fellow Monmouth Oaks rival Unbridled Mo.

            Mo’ Green has worked once since her latest score which came on Aug. 13 when she went four furlongs in :50 1/5.

            “There really only seems to be one or two with speed in the race,” said Orseno. “We’ll let them go and make sure we are in a good position early.”

            Antonio Gallardo will get aboard Mo’ Green for the first time on Saturday.

            Hi Holiday is the other Orseno entrant in the field and is a stakes winner over the Monmouth main track, having won last year’s Sorority Stakes.

            The 3-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday out of the Proud Citizen mare Boleyn exits just her second start around two turns, a third place finish against $30,000 allowance optional claiming company on July 23.

            Also owned by DJ Stable LLC, Hi Holiday broke her maiden over the track at first asking almost exactly a year ago when she pulled away to a 7 ½ length score at Monmouth.

            Hi Holiday has worked twice over a fast main track since her most recent start. Her last was on Aug. 14 when she was the lone horse to go a mile and she completed the breeze in 1:49.

            Favoritism for the oldest Oaks run in North America will likely go to Mo d’Amour, one of two for trainer Todd Pletcher.  She exits fourth place finishes in the Mother Goose (G1) at Belmont Park, captured by Off the Tracks, and Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga, won by champion Songbird.

            Shug McGaughey III will send out undefeated Tejana for her first try in stakes company after taking both of her lifetime starts in front-running fashion.

            The Monmouth Oaks is set to run as race 9 on Saturday’s 10-race card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled for 12:50 p.m.




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