Trainer Jason Servis will saddle the 7-year-old gelding
Exclusive Strike in this Sunday’s $500,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park,
and the conditioner is hoping that his solid record on the Oceanport turf will
put him right in the mix in this Grade 1 event.
certainly likes it here,” said Servis, who conditions Exclusive Strike for Mr.
Amore Stable. “We freshened him up over
the winter and he came back with a good race.
I know this is much tougher company, but he’s training great and I
expect he’ll be running on in the lane.”
tries over the Monmouth turf, Exclusive Strike sports an impressive five wins
and one second. The son of Smart Strike
enters the mile and three-eighths U.N. off a runner-up performance at Belmont on May 24, his
first start in over six months.
“I liked his last race,” Servis said. “I was happy with it and he’s come out of
that real well. The distance should be
no problem for him and we’ll just hope to be there in the end.”
A Grade 1
placed runner, Exclusive Strike sports a lifetime record of 12-6-9 from 39
starts. He will get Monmouth leading
rider Paco Lopez in the irons on Sunday.
“He’s got a
lot going for him in this spot,” Servis said.
“He likes this course, he’s got the top jockey and he’s coming into
15-1 on the morning line, Exclusive Strike will break from post six in the
field of 10. He will face a familiar rival
in the 5-2 morning line favorite Twilight Eclipse, who he was just a
half-length behind in finishing third in the 2013 Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont
Nations, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event will be televised live on Fox
Sports 1 as the first race in the Jockey Club on Fox series. It is slated as the 12th and final
race on Sunday’s card.