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Pletcher Has Two For The MOney In Saturday's Decathlon

Friday, May 10, 2013

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Trainer Todd Pletcher, who led all trainers in stakes victories at Monmouth Park last year with eight, is looking for a fast start in 2013 as he sends out Travelin Man and Soaring Stocks in the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes, highlight of Saturday’s racing program.

            Anthony Sciametta, who trains Pletcher’s Monmouth division, thinks either of them could win, and expects one of them to take down the winner’s share of $45,000 in the six-furlong event.

            “Travelin Man is coming off a really big win at Gulfstream,” Sciametta said. “Soaring Stocks looked good in his first race back after a layoff, and he likes Monmouth.”

            Travelin Man, a 5-year-old by Trippi, won the Sir Shackleton Stakes in Florida, scoring by four lengths in fast time (1:16) for the six and a half furlongs. His last start at Monmouth came in the Teddy Drone Stakes last July 29, when his wide rally fell a nose shy of Royal Currier. Joe Bravo rides for the first time.

            Soaring Stocks broke his maiden at Monmouth in 2011, and last year ran third in the Decathlon Stakes, four lengths behind Ponzi Scheme. He was seventh in the Teddy Drone last July, and then was out until April 6 this year, when he ran a solid third in his comeback effort. Paco Lopez, who had the mount that day at Tampa Bay, returns in the irons.


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