OCEANPORT, N.J. – James Dinan and
Phantom House Farm’s Get Serious was back to his winning ways on the 4th
of July holiday card at Monmouth Park, capturing the Grade 3, $100,000 Red Bank
Stakes by a half-length.
Get Serious set the pace, was
headed down the backstretch by El Commodore and then drew away from that foe,
stopping the timer in 1:32.63 for the mile over firm turf. The 8-year-old gelding paid $12.40, $7.20 and
$4 across the board and topped a $140 exacta.
El Commodore returned $11.40 to place and $5.20 to show. It was another length and a quarter back to
Queen’splatekitten, who paid $2.80 to show.
Lubash, the 2-1 favorite in the field of six colts and geldings, checked
“We talked about it before the
race, and we knew the horse on the outside (El Commodore) had speed, but not
our type of speed,” said winning jockey Pablo Fragoso. “My horse broke well and I just tried to
settle him down as much as possible.
Around the 3/8ths I asked him for all he had, and I think the other horse
was already being ridden at that point.
In the stretch, he battled back like he always does.”
Wednesday’s stakes victory was the
first since Sept. 5, 2010, when Get Serious captured that year’s Red Bank
Stakes as the 3-5 favorite. He won the
race in 2009 as the 13-10 choice. The
Red Bank was not contested in 2011.
“We thought he was going to be back
to himself this year and he’s proved it,” said winning trainer John
Forbes. “We were concerned when he was
getting pushed a little for most of the way, but he’s as game as they get. As he’s gotten older, he’s learned to relax
more when there’s a horse on his flank.
“We’ve had him for his whole career
and we’ve had a terrific time with him.
We’re very proud of him. I hope
that he’ll be back in other stakes here this year.”
A son of City Zip from the Java
Gold mare Java Gal, Get Serious has now banked $1,098,091 for his connections. The New York-bred sports a lifetime record of
14-2-3 from 37 starts, with 13 of those victories coming in Oceanport.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, July 6 – gates open
11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.