07/08/2011 12:16PM

Monmouth: All's Well...Er, Good

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The main track and the turf course are both listed as "Good" today at Monmouth Park on a fairly warm but overcast day. Several people coming in today were talking about the prospects of rain but that's a regular possibility here in the summer. In fact, there were a couple of short blasts of intense rain yesterday but both times the sun came out and it was a great day otherwise. Yet, it was enough to keep the dirt and turf courses from being fast and firm today.

A couple of interesting horses on today's card later on, including Mideast Beast (#3) in the 4th, Avaras (#5) in the 5th, Caylee's Song (#5) in the 7th and Taperrific (#3) in the 8th. The latter will need to have his running shoes on to beat Strategic Defense (#11) but he may be the right value play in exotics, to say the least.