10/09/2010 11:46AM

Monmouth: Fast, Firm, Fantastic

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The track is fast, the turf is firm and the weather is beautiful at Monmouth Park on an exceptional fall day. Tomorrow is supposed to be nearly as nice, giving all the doomsayers who feared they'd get frostbite in Oceanport in the fall another week of glove-free gambling.

The big news today is the $44,661 carryover in the Pick 5 pool. My keys are Royal Currier (#2) in race 6, which is the first leg of the sequence and Rojo's Tune (#3) in race 7. A couple of important scratches, including Bravo Romeo (#1) in the 6th and Cuba (#1) in the 8th, make it seem very playable, if not very hittable, but we all know how that goes.