Schickedanz’s Philippis, a nice $12,500 claim earlier this year, has been
installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Friday’s $30,000
allowance/optional claiming event, the feature on the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands
opening day card.
proved to be a real nice claim,” said Yvon Belsoeur, who conditions the
4-year-old daughter by Belong to Me.
“She really likes the turf here at Monmouth and hopefully she’ll like
the Meadowlands just as much.” On April 14 of this year at
Tampa Bay Downs, Philippis was claimed from a mile and 40 yard event on the
main track. Since then she tried the
dirt twice for her new connections, both to no avail. But everything changed for her on June 21
when Belsoeur decided to try her on the grass.
the dirt, she was no good,” Belsoeur said.
“On the turf, that’s another story.
She’s shown versatility in her races, which is always nice. I’ll wait and see what Paco (jockey) Lopez
does on Friday.”
her turf debut this year, Philippis rallied from off the pace to post a neck
victory in a $12,500 claiming event. She
stepped up in price thereafter, winning for $18k while running close or on the
lead the whole way. That was followed by
another score on Aug. 3, drawing off by nearly four lengths when in for
$20,000. In her last race, an optional
claimer at Parx on Aug. 24, she finished second after taking the lead turning
did okay at Parx,” said Belsoeur, “but she prefers Monmouth much better.”
will reunite with jockey Paco Lopez for the Friday feature as the duo break
from post two in the one mile event.
Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will run 10 all-turf cards with live racing slated
for Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays through Nov. 2. The lone exception will be Monday, Oct. 21,
which is a dark day.
time for live racing will be 2:15 p.m. with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. The Meadowlands will offer free parking and
free admission throughout the Thoroughbred meet.