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Field Set For Grade I United Nations On Saturday

Posted Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012

 

Seven seasoned and talented turf specialists will line up in the gate on Saturday when Monmouth Park presents the Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes to be contested at one-mile-and-three eighths. The United Nations is a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ event for the $3 million Turf on November 3.

            Slim Shadey, who was second to 2011 Champion Older Male Acclamation by only one length last out in the Grade 1 Charlie Whittingham Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 9, is the sole invader from the West Coast. With regular rider David Flores in the irons, he’ll take on some of the Beasts of the East in this year’s older male grass horse division.

            Bred in Great Britain and trained by Tom Albertrani, Slim Shadey will carry top weight of 120 pounds while Air Support, Al Khali, Brilliant Speed, Eldaafer, Freud’s Honour and Turbo Compressor will all shoulder 118.

            Al Kali and Brilliant Speed last raced in the Grade 1Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park and Turbo Compressor and Slim Shadey joined that pair two starts back in field for the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. On June 16, Turbo Compressor went gate-to-wire while finishing in front of a fast-closing Air Support in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs.

            2010 Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer and Freud’s Honour are stabled on the grounds and will be saddled by Diane Alvarado and Gregg Sacco, respectively. Eldaafer was second in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap at one-mile-and-a-half on Belmont’s main track after being steadied early in his last effort and Freud’s Honour is still looking for his first victory this year after two starts over Monmouth’s turf course in the allowance optional claiming ranks.

 

 

             

             

            The field, from the rail out and with trainers and riders, is: Turbo Compressor,  Todd Pletcher, Joe Bravo; Brilliant Speed, Tom Albertrani, Joel Rosario; Slim Shadey, Simon Callaghan, David Flores; Al Khali, Bill Mott, Rosie Napravnik; Freud’s Honour, Gregg Sacco, Angel Serpa; Eldaafer, Diane Alvarado, Paco Lopez; and Air Support, Shug McGaughey, Alex Solis.


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