Barn Notes

Alexander Barn Still Basking in the Afterglow

Posted Saturday, Aug 4, 2012

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When the locally-based, five-year-old Tune Me In, who at 25-1 was the longest shot in the field, captured the Grade 3 $150,000 Oceanport Stakes here on Haskell Day, there was jubilation in the camp of trainer Bruce Alexander. One week later, the barn is still basking in the afterglow.

            “He ran big, didn’t he?” asked Brad Eacor, Alexander’s long time assistant. “It was such a nice pick-me-up for the whole barn. We had been waiting a long time for him to run like that. I’ve liked him since he was a two-year-old. He’s run some good races, but that was a great race. It’s been a while since we had a good horse like him in the barn. We’re a small stable, and the really good ones come few and far between. It sure is nice to win a graded stakes race, and win it right here at Monmouth.”

            The $100,000 Grade 3 Cliffhanger Stakes, which is also on the grass, will be run here on September 1 and it is the logical nest spot for Patricia Generazio’s Tune Me In. It looks like he’ll get a rematch with Get Serious, who was only a half-length behind him in the Oceanport.

            “He came back really good (from the Oceanport),” said co-trainer Pat McBurney. “He still loves racing and to stay as fast as he is at eight years old is really something. He’s such a pleasure to have in the barn. He’s a hard horse to train and he’s rough about galloping, but I guess he’s used to us and we’re used to him by now.”

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