While it’s been nearly two years
since Get Serious visited the winner’s circle, that last picture was taken
following his victory in the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park
on Sept. 5, 2010. On Wednesday, July 4,
2012, Get Serious will look to defend his title and make it three in a row in
the Grade 3 Red Bank.
That 2010 Red Bank win capped a
fantastic campaign for Get Serious, who won three graded events and captured
four of five starts that year.
“As good as 2010 was, 2011 couldn’t
have been any worse for him,” said trainer John Forbes. “He caught off turf courses and never really
seemed to find his footing that year.
Hopefully that’s all behind us.”
From five starts last year, Get
Serious’ best finish was a fourth in the Monmouth Stakes (Grade 3). This year, the son of City Zip has been out
twice, finishing third most recently in the Monmouth Stakes (Grade 2).
“That may have been the best race
of his career,” said Forbes about his gelding’s last start. “He finished third, but he fought the whole
way. I was real impressed with his
effort. I hope it signaled that he’s
back.” A New York-bred, Get Serious
has made almost all of his starts in New Jersey,
and hasn’t seen another course other than Monmouth Park
since 2009. From his 36 career outings,
he sports a record of 13-2-3 with earnings of $1,038,091 for owners James M.
Dinan and Phantom House Farm. He won the
2009 Red Bank as the 13-10 favorite and took it in 2010 as the 3-5 odds-on
“He’s doing as good as ever,” said
Forbes, while inspecting his 8-year-old millionaire gelding. “He’s the soundest 8-year-old around.”
Seven rivals will take on Get
Serious in Wednesday’s Red Bank, with Queen’splatekitten, from the Todd
Pletcher barn, the likely favorite.