06/05/2010 11:00PM

Cool Bullet at best distance


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Cool Bullet has the potential to make short work of a short field in Sunday's $100,000 Rumson Stakes.

Facing only five rivals in the Rumson, restricted to 3-year-olds, Cool Bullet seems to hold an edge in terms of Beyer Speed Figures, and he also has enough tactical speed to work out a favorable trip. Coming off a second in the seven-furlong Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs, Cool Bullet figures to appreciate the move back to six furlongs. He's 2 for 2 at the distance, including an open-lengths win in Turfway Park's Hansel Stakes two back. Cool Bullet earned a 98 Beyer for that effort, a figure that fits very well in the Rumson. Although he regressed to post an 89 Beyer in the Matt Winn, that figure is still good enough to make him the one to beat Sunday.

Trainer Steve Margolis named Garrett Gomez to ride Cool Bullet, who will break from post 3.

"It looks like a good spot for him," Margolis said. "He's been a great horse for us. We've tried him at seven furlongs and a mile, and he's run good, but at six furlongs he's run his best numbers and his best races, so we're looking forward to a good effort from him."

Enumerate, who came up a neck short as the odds-on favorite in the NATC Futurity last year in his only Monmouth Park appearance, may be the main rival to Cool Bullet. Enumerate, winner of 2 of 9 starts, was fourth in an optional claimer at Woodbine last time out, but that was against older runners and he was still able to earn a decent Beyer of 84. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Enumerate will be ridden by John Velazquez and will break from the rail in the Rumson.

The Rumson is the 10th of 12 races on the Sunday card which, for the first time at this meet, has some races with fewer than seven entrants. The opener, an optional claimer, drew only five horses, and the Rumson attracted only six entrants. Monmouth Park's meet, with average daily purses of $1 million, has been an overwhelming success in the early stages of summer, thanks in large part to big, competitive fields.

First post is 12:50 p.m. Eastern.