Meadowlands card sports a solid six contests, with one of the more interesting
races set as race three, a starter allowance for 2-year-olds sprinting on the
grass. While there’s always excitement
with the youngsters starting out their careers, Monday’s event adds just a
little bit more as over half the field will be trying the turf for the first
runner, who has turf experience, has something none of her competitors can
boast – a win at the Meadowlands. That
runner is Thundering Gale, who was claimed out of a winning maiden score over
the Big M lawn on Oct. 14.
out of a graded stakes winning mare and she looked up to the breeding,” said
trainer Kathy Mongeon, who now trains Thundering Gale for owners Rising Sun
Stable and T.J. O’Connor. “Everything
just looked right so we decided to take shot.”
to her maiden win, Thundering Gale had two tries on the Saratoga main track,
both times entered for a $75,000 claiming price, where she finished sixth and
seventh. She was then sent to the
Meadowlands for her turf debut at a mile and 70 yards, scoring by a widening
six lengths for a $20k tag.
were certainly impressed with her maiden win,” Mongeon said. “She got in some trouble around the turn and
was still able to draw away. That was a
two-turn race and on Monday we go back to one turn. She’s a filly that’s on the engine the whole
way, so we’ll just let her break and see what she wants to do. Ideally, I’d like to be right behind the
speed, but we’ll see what happens.”
speed is likely to come from Hot Squeeze, a George Weaver-trainee, who’s been
installed the 9-5 favorite by oddsmaker Brad Thomas. Like Thundering Gale, Hot Squeeze is a filly
taking on the boys in Monday’s 3rd race.
first race post is set for 2:15 p.m., with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. The all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet
runs through Saturday, Nov. 2.