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Glory Stars Goes For Upset In Sunday’s Pegasus

June 17, 2017

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            Glory Stars will try to make his first graded stakes appearance a winning one in Sunday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Pegasus Stakes, going a mile and a sixteenth on the Monmouth Park main track.

            “He’s been doing really good,” said Michael Moore, who conditions the horse for James A. Shannon Jr. “We’re hoping he just didn’t like the slop last time out. He didn’t look comfortable at all with it walking over for the race.”

            The 3-year-old colt by Repent made his first attempt at Monmouth Park and around two turns last out, finishing fourth on a sloppy track against allowance foes on May 29.

            His lone victory against winners came two starts back when he finished second before being placed first through disqualification after being interfered with coming down the stretch. His other win came when he broke his maiden sprinting at Parx in just his second career start. He has hit the board in four of his five races over fast tracks.

            The son of the Lost Soldier mare Lilly Marlene has only had one try versus stakes rival prior to Sunday. That came as a two-year-old in last year’s Dr. Fager Stakes at Gulfstream Park where he finished seventh behind multiple graded stakes placed Three Rules.

            “I thought he might have been the speed of the race last time, but he broke a bit slow,” said Moore. “I think the right spot for him is close to the pace or on the lead on Sunday.”

            Chad Brown will have the one to beat Sunday as he brings undefeated Timeline to Monmouth Park to put his perfect record on the line after winning the Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 13 over a sloppy track. He has only seen a fast track once and that was when he broke his maiden earlier this year.

            The Pegasus Stakes will run as race 10 on the Sunday’s 11-race Father’s Day card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled for 12:50 p.m.


            One of the most anticipated days of the summer meet, Father’s Day, will be celebrated at Monmouth Park Sunday, June 18 with a whole host of activities and giveaways to entertain Dads and the whole family.

            All gentlemen will receive a $2 betting voucher with paid admission as well as an entry blank to win tickets to local sporting events, including baseball, football, basketball and a package for Monmouth Park’s signature event, the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 30. Entries can be brought to either of the two Welcome Centers, located at the finish line or in the Picnic Area, before race 5 (no purchase necessary). Winners must pick up tickets by July 16.

The Turf Club will offer a special Father’s Day Brunch. The cost is $55 for adults with half price for children under 12-years-old. To make reservations, call 732-229-2100.

Also on tap will be the Father’s Day Beer Garden, offering $5 Craft Beer Specials under the Grandstand overhang.

New to the agenda this year will be a Father’s Day Game Area, which will include Derby Race Inflatable, Quarterback Blitz and miniature golf setup. And on Sunday, and every Sunday, it’s Family Fun Day, with clowns, pony rides, face painters and a bounce house to entertain the kids.

            The day’s live racing action will be headlined by the Grade 3, $100,000 Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds. Gates open on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. first post 12:50 p.m.