Saturday’s feature at Monmouth is the $60,000 Omnibus Stakes
for fillies and mares. It’s an 11-furlong marathon on the grass, and the
objective is very clear for all eight runners – earn “black type.”
broodmares who command the most attention in sales catalogs have all won or
placed in stakes. Their accomplishments are noted by the use of bold-face type
for wins or placing in stakes races, and that it’s that ‘black type’ that
enhances their value.
Todd Pletcher will send out the only filly in the race who has won at the
distance in Gary L. Chervenell’s Seanchai. The 4-year-old chestnut miss won an
optional claiming event at Gulfstream
Park in January, her last
has a license to run well at Monmouth, since her sire is English
Channel, who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf here in 2007 and was named
champion turf horse.
on July 4, Seanchai finished fourth in an optional claimer at one mile on grass
at Monmouth, but that was her first start in four months and she raced like a
horse who needed the outing.
training okay on the dirt,” said Anthony Sciametta, who trains the Pletcher
horses at Monmouth. “She’s been very steady, but doesn’t really show her best
breezing on the main track.”
has 12 lifetime starts, all on grass. She finished second in the Hilltop at
Pimlico and an overnight stakes at Delaware last year, and this year was fourth
in the Grade 3 The Very One in February and sixth in the Grade 3 Orchid in
March, both at Gulfstream. Now she needs a black type win.
she’s in here,” Sciametta said, “to give her a chance to win a stakes.”
best races have come on or near the pace, and Sciametta says Seanchai will
likely be prominent early in the Omnibus.
farther she goes, the closer to the pace she’ll be,” he said.
Gulfstream victory, the filly made all the running and was still going strong
at the end to win by three and a half lengths.
DeCarlo, who rode for the first time last out, has the mount again on Saturday.
All of the
runners in the Omnibus will be looking for that elusive first stakes victory.
Vicki Oliver, once a Monmouth regular who now stables in Kentucky, shipped up Rare Event for a try at
Motion is sending an English-bred filly, Valiant Girl, to take a shot, and
Christophe Clement also has an English-bred runner in Tabreed, who owns a
victory on the Monmouth turf and demands respect with Joe Bravo aboard.
another course winner – she won the race when Seanchai was fourth – and
Explainable is back on grass after running third in an off-the-turf stakes at Delaware last out.
is completed by a pair of fillies shipping in from Pennsylvania. Thicket would benefit if the
race comes off the turf, since she’s a dedicated main track runner at Penn
National. Christmas Angel, whose only lifetime win came on grass, ships in from
Parx after a third on the synthetic track at Presque Isle.