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Serpa Looks To Guide St.Albans Boy To Grade 2 Monmouth Victory

Posted Saturday, Jun 6, 2015

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St. Albans Boy looks to capture his first career stakes win in his second start over the Monmouth Park turf in the Grade 2 $200,000 Monmouth Stakes on Sunday, going a mile and an eighth.

            St. Albans Boy, a five-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway out of the Diamond Shoal (GB) mare Rose Diamond, had a horrible trip in his latest outing in a $56,000 allowance over a soft turf course at Keeneland. He was forced six wide on the far turn after sitting behind horses the entire backstretch. 

“He’s a good horse and he has been working really well at Fair Hill,” said Angel Serpa, who rides for trainer Kelly Rubley and owner Hare Forest Farm. “He had a rough trip last time. We had to go really wide and it gave him no chance to kick for home.”

St. Albans Boy has worked five times since his last outing in April. His latest work, which was at Fair Hill, he went four furlongs in :48 on May 29, which was the fastest time of any horse that went four furlongs on that day.

“We will probably look to stay about middle of the pack,” said Serpa. “Hopefully, we can have a clear run turning for home.”

             It will be no easy task for St. Albans Boy to grab his first win in stakes company. He will have to take down Triple Threat, a Group 2 winner in France, Lochte, multiple graded stakes winner including the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in 2014, and Legendary, winner of the 2014 Knickerbocker at Belmont Park.

            St. Albans Boy will be breaking from post position 11 in the 12-horse field. The Monmouth will be race 11 in Sunday’s 12-race card. Gates open at 11:30a.m. with first post at 12:50p.m.

 


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