06/28/2017 6:03PM

Beach Patrol to face eight in United Nations

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Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner Beach Patrol will look to end a five-race losing streak in the Grade 1 United Nations.

Beach Patrol will take on the California shippers Itsinthepost and Liam the Charmer in the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The $300,000 turf marathon has drawn a field of nine and will be the finale on an 11-race card.

Beach Patrol is one of the top turf runners in the country, but he's been having trouble finishing off his competition and has not won in five starts since his victory last August at Arlington Park in the Grade 1 Secretariat. Most recently, he finished fourth, beaten 1 1/2 lengths, in the Grade 1 Manhattan at Belmont Park.

Trained by Chad Brown, Beach Patrol will break from post 1 in the 1 3/8-mile U.N. There isn’t a lot of pace in the race, and Beach Patrol should be forwardly placed throughout. Florent Geroux rides.

Itsinthepost came into the May 28 Charlie Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita off consecutive Grade 2 scores in the Elkhorn at Keeneland and the San Luis Rey at Santa Anita. He was rank early in the Whittingham and paid the price late, finishing fifth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, as the 9-5 favorite.

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Based with trainer Jeff Mullins at Santa Anita, Itsinthepost will break from post 2 in the U.N. under Tyler Baze.

"To me, the Whittingham is kind of a throw-out," Mullins said.

Liam the Charmer finished strongly in the Whittingham for trainer Michael McCarthy to finish fourth, beaten three-quarters of a length. If the pace is slow, he will have to be careful not to drop too far back.

Liam the Charmer has post 6 and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza. This will be the first time Espinoza has ridden at Monmouth since he guided American Pharoah to victory in the 2015 Haskell Invitational on a record-setting day at the Jersey Shore track.

Trainer Mike Maker has entered both Bigger Picture and Oscar Nominated, who have drawn posts 3 and 8. Bigger Picture finished third in the Elkhorn in his last start, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Itsinthepost. Oscar Nominated will be making his first start since finishing third in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

Joe Bravo has the mount on Bigger Picture. Kendrick Carmouche picks up the mount on Oscar Nominated.

Graham Motion will send out Messi and Can'thelpbelieving. Messi was third last out in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy at Belmont Park. Can'thelpbelieving won the Cliff Hanger at Monmouth last summer.

The field also includes the Bill Mott-trained Closing Bell and Lucky Lindy, trained by Michael Matz.