Barn Notes

Tune Me In Looks For Another Graded Stakes Win In The Monmouth

Posted Friday, Jun 7, 2013

 

 

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 in Oceanport.

“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.

            Among the 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.

 


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