Sunday marks the 63rd running
of the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes, Monmouth Park’s
signature turf event set at a mile-and-three-eighths, and the world-traveling
Side Glance is ready to go for trainer Andrew Balding.
Although Side Glance is based out of England, he has
made appearances throughout the globe, racing in seven different countries and
on four continents. He arrived in Oceanport with assistant trainer Leanne
Masterton on Monday, and she says he is having no trouble adjusting to his
settled in well, he’s eating well,” said Masterton. “I galloped him seven
furlongs (on turf) this morning and he rode beautifully and felt good.”
A 7-year-old gelding by Passing Glance (GB) out of
Averami (GB), Side Glance is a Group 1 winner, group and graded stakes placed,
and has competed in prestigious races such as the Dubai World Cup, Royal
Ascot’s Prince of Wales, and the Longines Hong Kong Cup. He claimed his Group 1
victory in the 2013 Longines MacKinnon Stakes, part of the Melbourne Cup
Carnival at Flemington in Australia.
In his last outing, Side Glance finished off the board in
the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, where he traveled a mile over the turf course at
Royal Ascot in Great Britain.
Although the United Nations is a bit longer than Side Glance has gone in the
past, Masterton does not believe the distance will give him any trouble.
A Pearl Bloodstock Limited color-bearer, Side Glance is
no stranger to classy competitors, and the U.N. will be no different. Among the
10-horse field is multiple graded stakes winner and 5/2 morning line favorite
Twilight Eclipse, and Grade 1 winner Lochte. Masterson believes that Side
Glance should be mid-pack down the backstretch on Sunday to be in the best
position to claim the winner’s share of the $500,000 purse.
don’t want to get shuffled too far back because the straight’s very short, so I’d
hope he’d be up in the first half of the field, the first five.”
Glance will break from the far outside with top European jockey Jamie Spencer
aboard in the United Nations, which is set for the 12th and final race of
Sunday’s card. The race will be televised on Fox Sports 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. as
the first stop on the Jockey Club Tour on Fox.