There are horses for courses and Get Serious has certainly
proved that the grass at Monmouth
Park suits him just fine.
The eight-year-old gelding, who is owned by James Dinan and Phantom House Farm,
will be making his first start in eight months in Saturday’s featured event,
the $75,000 Elkwood Stakes to be run at one mile over the turf course.
has come up very tough,” said John Forbes, who conditions Get Serious. “There are some very nice horses in there.”
Eleven seasoned and talented turf
specialists are in the field and many of them are stakes winners, including
defending champion Successful Mission and Presious Passion, who has earned over
$2.6 million lifetime and won multiple graded stakes. Track handicapper Brad
Thomas has installed Get Serious at 6-1 in the morning line.
tough horse to ride,” Forbes said.
“Fragoso (jockey Pablo) fits him perfectly. He’s the type of horse that you can’t take a
hold of. If you do, he gets out on
you. Pablo knows how to handle him.”
Serious captured a trio of Grade 3 stakes (the Red Bank, Oceanport and
Monmouth) on this turf course but those wins were all when he was a
six-year-old. Now an eight-year-old, Get Serious enters Saturday’s Elkwood off
eight months rest. The New York-bred by
City Zip sports a trio of works in preparation for Saturday’s stakes.