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Roman Tiger Tries The $200,000 Monmouth Stakes

Posted Friday, Jun 8, 2012

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“If I can win this race with my horse, it will make my entire summer,” said Dennis Manning, the longtime Monmouth-based horseman who owns and trains Roman Tiger. 

The 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding tries to notch the second graded stakes win of his career and his fifth victory in 26 starts when he takes on seven other seasoned grass specialists in Sunday’s $200,000 Monmouth Stakes at a mile and an eighth on the turf. 

Roman Tiger comes in to the Monmouth fresh off a two-month layoff and riding a two-race win streak in stakes races at the same distance at Tampa Bay Downs. He came from far back to take the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes against open company on February 12 and followed that up with another come-from-behind win in the Turf Classic restricted to state-breds.  

“I named him for my former assistant Nicole Roman,” said Manning. “He’s a solid horse. Angel Serpa rode him in both of those wins and he’s going to stay on him on Sunday. He and the horse get along and he knows him.” 

Roman Tiger finished second in the 2010 Monmouth Stakes and was seventh in last year’s edition.  

“My horse ran good for me the last two times. I rode him the other morning and he’s doing great. But this is a very tough race,” said Serpa. “I’m going to make the same move and save ground and then come running.” 

Data Link, who drew the rail in the eight-horse field, and Get Stormy, who breaks from post seven, are dropping down from Grade 1 company. With Roman Tiger, those three have been co-highweighted at 123 pounds.  

            2009 winner Presious Passion, 2010 winner Get Serious, Mahubo, Freud’s Honour, and Yummy With Butter complete the field. 

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