A field of 10 is set for Sunday’s
$500,000, Grade 1, United Nations Stakes, Monmouth Park’s
signature event on turf. The nation’s top grass runners are set to travel one-mile-and-three-eighths
in this Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, which will go as the finale on
the 12-race program.
Breaking from the rail is one-half
of the Todd Pletcher trained entrants, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Charming Kitten,
who gets 13-time Monmouth
Park riding champion Joe
Bravo in the irons. Bravo has won the
last two runnings of the U.N., including the 2013 edition for the Ramsey’s atop
Big Blue Kitten. Charming Kitten enters
the U.N. off of a victory in the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup on June 6.
Just to the outside of Charming
Kitten will be Ghurair and Twilight Eclipse, the second choice and favorite on
the morning line, respectively. The 5-2 favorite Twilight Eclipse is a multiple
graded stakes winner, but seeks his first in a Grade 1 in the U.N. Second
choice on the line at 3-1, Ghurair will break from the two-hole with Hall of
Fame jockey Gary Stevens in the irons.
At the other end of the gate will
be the globetrotting Side Glance, who has drawn post 10. Conditioned by Andrew
Balding, Side Glance truly embodies the United Nations, as this race marks the sevnth
country and fifth continent he has raced in. Jamie Spencer, champion rider in
both Ireland and Britain,
also travels across the pond to return aboard Side Glance.
Kaigun, who will run in his fourth
straight Grade 1 event, will be saddled by Mark Casse. Kaigun looks to improve
off a strong second place finish in his last outing, where he was bested by
just over a length in the Manhattan Stakes on June 7.
The field, from the rail out and
with morning-line odds and jockeys is:
1. Charming Kitten, Joe Bravo, 9/2
2. Ghurair, Gary Stevens, 3-1
3. Twilight Eclipse, Jose Lezcano, 5/2
4. Manchurian High, Forest Boyce, 30-1
5. Main Sequence, Rajiv Maragh, 8-1
6. Exclusive Strike, Paco Lopez, 15-1
7. Kaigun, Alan Garcia, 5-1
8. Winning Cause, Chris DeCarlo, 15-1
9. Lochte, Orlando Bocachica, 10-1
10. Side Glance, Jamie Spencer, 15-1