The $200,000 Grade 2 Monmouth Cup, the supporting event on
Saturday’s card, has attracted a competitive field including locally-based
stakes winner Ponzi Scheme and 2011 Grade 1 Jockey Gold Cup winner Flat Out. That
hasn’t deterred Todd Pletcher, who will run both Rule and San Pablo for separate owners in the one mile
test over the main track for horses three and older.
Rule hasn’t raced since a seventh place finish in the Hawthorne Gold Cup last
October 8 while San Pablo, a 4-year-old colt, comes in on the heels of two
tough beats that saw him duel all the way through the lane only to come up
short by a nose in the As Indicated Stakes and then by a neck in the Grade 3
Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct.
Rule a bit of a freshening after last year to gear him up for the summer and
fall campaigns. I think the distance of a mile will be good for him in his
first start back,” Pletcher said by phone from his Belmont Park
base. “San Pablo
is a nice horse who is very competitive and always runs hard. He’s in good form
multiple stakes winning San Pablo
has never finished out of the money in nine starts and has earned $222,800 from
five wins, thee seconds and one third.