09/03/2010 1:31PM

Monmouth: A Tale of Two Favorites


The two favorites, Hobbitontherocks and Big City Pat, were off the board in the 2nd race, but it's a pair of completely different stories. Hobbitontherocks was 4/5 but he effectively lost any chance at the break, getting off behind the field. He did, however, make a big move to reach contention by the time the leaders hit the turn, and though he faded late he's one to keep an eye on going forward. Big City Pat, meanwhile, set the pace on a loose lead, aided in large part by the favorite's slow beginning, and it appeared the 3-1 second choice was in a position where he could possibly coast home. Well, that's what he did, but the problem is several horses blew by him and he settled for 4th. He's one to bet against in his return.