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Prudhoe Bay Looks for a Graded Win in Jersey Shore

Posted Friday, Aug 15, 2014

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Saturday marks the 23rd running of the Grade 3 $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes, and trainer Eddie Plesa says his charge Prudhoe Bay is ready for the six furlong sprint along Monmouth’s main track.

            “We wanted to aim for this race for two reasons,” Plesa said. “First it’s here, second its graded and the owners (Rustlewood Farm Inc.) still have the mother (Cameron Crazies) so a stakes win here would make her more valuable and certainly the babies.”

            Although Prudhoe Bay does not have a graded stakes victory on his record, he was the winner of this year’s running of the OBS Sprint Stakes at Ocala Training Center on January 21 and the OBS Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on April 5.

            In his last effort, Prudhoe Bay finished second only a half length after the winner in a five and one half furlong optional claiming event on the turf in Oceanport on June 29.

            “I didn’t think he had the best of trips,” said Plesa, “but he ran big and just got beat. So I was disappointed that he didn’t win, but he gave a good effort.”

            A 3-year-old colt by Songandaprayer out of Cameron Crazies, Prudhoe Bay raced on the grass in his last two outings, but returns to the dirt in the Jersey Shore. Although Plesa believes his horse is versatile enough to handle any surface, he is not thrilled that Prudhoe Bay will be breaking from the rail.

“He can handle either surface,” Plesa said. “I don’t think the extra distance will hinder him at all, I just wish he had a better post position. Post position one is kind of tough, but he’ll do what he has to do.”

            Prudhoe Bay will face tough competition on Sunday, namely in the 9-5 morning line favorite and multiple stakes winner Favorite Tale. Prudhoe Bay is second choice on the line at 3-1, followed by the John Robb trained Debt Ceiling at 7-2

As for strategy in the race Plesa believes Prudhoe Bay’s best option is to rate, “I think he’ll be laying just off the speed in a stalking position,” Plesa said.

Monmouth Park’s current leading jockey Paco Lopez will return aboard Prudhoe Bay in the Jersey Shore Stakes, which will go as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card.

 


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