He may be the one of the fans’ favorite horses on the Monmouth Park grounds and his connections think
that Get Serious will give them a seriously good run for their money in
Saturday’s Grade 3 $100,000 Cliffhanger Stakes.
8-year-old gelded son of City Zip out of the Java Gold mare Java Gal loves both
the Monmouth turf course and the one-mile distance of the race. In a career
that has seen him win 14 of 38 starts and earn $1,113,091, eight of Get
Serious’s victories have come in stakes races here and five of those have been
grade 3 affairs.
morning, Get Serious showed every sign of a fit and ready racehorse.
fantastic,” said John Forbes, who trains him and is assisted by Pat McBurney
and Gus Duarte. “He’s the best he’s been for as long as we can remember. I hope
he’s going to be able to keep his fans happy.”
Get Serious won three straight editions of the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes from
2009-2012 (the race was not run in 2011) and he also took the 2009-2010
runnings of the Oceanport Stakes. He didn’t win a single race last year, but he
was suffering from a nasty and lingering infection in his leg that compromised
is completely cured and now he’s kicking down the barn doors.
super-duper. It looks like the weather is going to cooperate and I think it’s
going to take a really good horse to beat him,” said Forbes.
out in this year’s Oceanport, which was part of the Haskell Invitational
undercard, he raced on the pace but ended up third behind longshot Tune Me In and
Queen’splatekitten despite digging in to the wire.
“We got an
inch of rain on the day before that race,” recalled Forbes. “I wasn’t going to
run on Saturday if the course was going to be soft. But it should be firm, just
the way he likes it.”
difficult is it to keep a horse so good for so long?
a really sturdy horse,” said Forbes. “You have to credit City Zip and the mare,
but Wayne and Susan Chatfield-Taylor at Morgan’s Ford Farm in Virginia bred him and they raised him right.
They raise a better horse than just about anybody. They raise good-boned and
sturdy horses with a will to win. We’ve had a number of stakes winners here
over the years who were raised by them.”
horses are Mosquera, Thunder by the Storm, named after a bona fide Native
American who once came to the races to watch that horse run, and Sword of Song.
highly talented racehorses, Get Serious can be a handful.
“He’s as ornery
as the day is long,” said Forbes. “He’s certainly not the easiest horse to
train. Pat and Gus do a great job with him. Gus gets on him every day and
that’s half the battle.”
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