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Jacobson Has an Elkwood Runner, Rain or Shine

Posted Thursday, Jul 3, 2014

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The Elkwood Stakes is set as Monmouth Park’s Fourth of July feature race at a mile on the turf, and David Jacobson, Monmouth’s current leading trainer, has entered both Slim Shadey and Spa City Fever. With some wet weather anticipated for Thursday night into Friday morning, Jacobson plans to run Slim Shadey if the race stays on the grass and Spa City Fever if it moves to the dirt.

            A 6-year-old gelding by Val Royal out of Vino Veritas, Slim Shadey will try to bounce back from an off the board finish in the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes on June 8 if the Elkwood stays on the turf. Since his last race he has worked once, breezing three furlongs in: 39 4/5 on July 2 at Aqueduct.

            In the more likely event that the race comes off the turf, main track only entry Spa City Fever will return to the dirt after trying grass at Belmont in his last outing, where he finished out of the money in a seven furlong allowance race on June 14.

            “Spa City is a nice horse,” Jacobson said. “He’s been very consistent for us. We tried him on the grass last time, and he didn’t take as well to the grass as he has to the dirt, so I’m looking for a big race out of him.”

            An 8-year-old gelding by Roaring Fever out of Lady Di Huntley, Spa City Fever looks to add the winner’s share of the $75,000 purse to his lifetime earnings of $556,618 for owners Drawing Away Stable and Jacobson. Spa City Fever will break from the outside in an overflowing field of 17 that have entered the Elkwood.

            “He’ll be on the pace,” said Jacobson. “Breaking from the far outside I think will be alright for him. The distance is a little longer than his last try but I don’t think it’ll be a problem.”

            Jockey Chuck C. Lopez, leading rider here in 1998, will ride either Slim Shadey or Spa City Fever in the Elkwood, which goes as race 10 on Friday’s 11-race card.


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