Trainer Bruce Alexander has Tune Me In ready to make his
15th career start at Monmouth
Park in the Grade 2
Monmouth Stakes this Sunday. With an obvious affinity for the Monmouth Park
turf, Tune Me In has earned nearly $340,000 of his $387,000 in career winnings
“He’s ready to go,” Alexander said.
“He had some nice, easy breezes,” (referring to two four furlong workouts on
Wednesday June 5 and Thursday May 30, where he went :50 flat and :48 3/5,
respectively), “and he came out good. Everything was good.”
The 6-year-old gelding by Concorde’s Time has
won 5 of his 14 contests at Monmouth, including back-to-back Grade 3 stakes
events in 2012. He has also finished second or third in all but one of his
remaining nine races in Oceanport, one of which was his latest race where he
finished second by three quarters of a length in the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes
(May 18, 2013).
In terms of
tactics in Sunday’s turf test, the trainer admits that the pace may be in the
hands of one of his rivals.
“He runs early, but it’s really up
to Two Notch Road,”
who pushed the tempo when these two horses met in their last race in the Red
Bank, said Alexander. “I think we’re vulnerable at this distance if there’s too
much pressure, but it seems like he’ll be close to the pace. I’ll leave that
decision up to the jockey,” who will be Paco Lopez on Sunday.
likely favorites in the mile and an eighth Monmouth Stakes, which boasts a
$200,000 purse, are 2011 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote, and multiple
graded stakes winner Boisterous.