05/31/2010 3:40PM

Monmouth: Just Get Serious

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There aren't too many horses around more game than Get Serious. And when he has a pace advantage, as he did in today's 8th race, he's that much tougher. He was able to control a modest tempo early on, and that was the difference, as he was able to withstand Florentino's late bid in the lane, since he had something left in reserve. Ordinarily, this would be the type to bet against next time if he doesn't get another favorable race flow, but Get Serious is no ordinary horse.

After the 104-1 winner in the first leg of the Pick 5 we've had two logical, but hardly easy, winners. The 9th is fairly wide-open, and if one of the top three favorites gets beat (#1 Valid Sum, #5 Great Attack, #9 Handleman) here that may guarantee a carryover.