We have all heard that Monmouth is running a shortened Super Meet of fifty days this spring offering unheard of sums of money for New Jersey racing and what a raving success it has been. So, for the first time this season, They Are Off will delve into the Garden State and take a look at the Grade 3 $150,000 Boiling Springs on the turf at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday afternoon.
Since this a turf race and there is a strong Christophe Clement horse entered, I will use the always solid angle of "Clement On The Grass" and take #4 Strike It Rich. She has won her last two, including an ungraded stakes race over the Monmouth turf course on May 30. Garrett Gomez was aboard for that score and gets the call once again here. She stretches out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time in this spot, but Clement should have her ready to roll. For second, I will use #8 In The Rough and not just because it describes my golf game lately. She ran second to the top choice in that Monmouth stakes last time out and she has one of the three best turf Tomlinson figures in the field. Her only win so far in 2010 was at this distance at Gulfstream on Valentine's Day in the Coconut Grove. Paco Lopez has the ride. The morning-line favorite comes next with #10 Bay To Bay. Her last workout was a bullet on June 19 over the polytrack at Woodbine. Her last win came in the American 1,000 Guineas at Arlington on May 22. She has never missed the money in six lifetime starts and it is hard to believe she would start here. Finally, I will put #6 Cosset in the fourth spot for trainer Bill Mott. She has Cozzene on the Sire side of the lineage (which I always love) and she broke the maiden last time out at this distance, winning with a time of 1:41 flat. If she repeats that effort, she will definitely be a contender on Saturday. Here is the play for the Grade 3 $150,000 Boiling Springs:
$10 WP #4
$2 EX 4 WITH 1-2-6-8-10
As always, They Are Off accepts no responsibility for any wagers placed in conjunction with these selections. They are merely suggestions. Tune in again next week for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!