Saturday’s featured event at Monmouth Park, a $42,000
allowance/optional claimer has come up a wide open race as a field of 10 have
entered to travel 5 ½ furlongs over the turf course. But trainer Tim Hills
believes his entrant Triple E is rounding nicely into form for this third
outing of 2013.
hard trying 8-year-old,” said Hills from his headquarters on the Monmouth Park backstretch. “He’s not a very good work horse, so it’s
taken him a little time to get back this year.
He is a 5/8ths specialist and the extra half-furlong should be no
problem. I think everything is coming
together for him.”
lifetime outings, Triple E is among the most experienced runners in the field
on Saturday. The two-time winner over
the Monmouth Park turf gets the services of Pedro
Cotto Jr., currently fifth in the jockey standings.
a stalking trip, that’s his style,” Hills said.
“It’s a tough race, but he’s coming into it really well.”
by Storm Boot out of the stakes placed mare Tres Norte, Triple E has won seven
of his 38 lifetime starts. On turf he
sports a record of 4-3-1 from 17 outings.
Last year, Triple E just missed in
the John McSorley Stakes, finishing a half-length behind Varsity. In his last 2012 outing, he was sixth in the
My Frenchman Stakes to Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge.
In his two
2013 starts, he was last on June 1 in a claiming event, his first start of the
year and then sixth in a similar event as Saturday’s on June 28, beaten less
than three lengths for it all.
Saturday, Triple E will break from post seven in the feature, which goes as
race eight on a 10-race program.