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Get Serious May Have Home Field Advantage in Elkwood

Posted Friday, May 18, 2012

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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.   

            “The race 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.

            “He’s a 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.”

            Get 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.


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