08/23/2009 11:00PM

Excess Capital stuck inside again


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Excess Capital tries to snap the inside-post blues Wednesday in a second-level optional $32,000 claimer at Monmouth Park.

A 4-year-old colt trained by Mark Hennig, Excess Capital has the rail in the seven-horse field set to go six furlongs.

It marks the third straight time Excess Capital has landed post 1 or 2. He ran third the last two times out, including a hard-fought effort here on July 19 where he battled for the lead from the rail as the 7-5 favorite.

Excess Capital rarely runs a bad one, having hit the board in 14 of his 18 starts. He will need a sharp break from the inside post with Eddie Castro aboard.

"Having the 1-hole forces us to go away from there," said assistant trainer Rob Rader. "From the 1-hole, you have to ask him for something early because you don't want to get buried. He always tries, even when he doesn't win."

Excess Capital makes his third start at Monmouth, having captured a first-level allowance on May 25 with a determined pace-dueling effort.

"I don't expect anything different," Rader said. "I foresee him giving it the best shot he has."

Our Honor is another in the field who consistently runs well here. A 4-year-old gelding trained by Jason Servis, Our Honor is 2-2-1 in 5 starts at Monmouth.

This will be his fourth start at the meet, and the previous three have all been quality efforts. Our Honor was a second-level winner in the slop on May 29, and followed that with a third-place finish against third-level company. In the latest effort on Aug. 7, Our Honor dropped back to this level and missed by a nose to Lucky Jim, the winner Sunday against statebreds in the New Jersey Breeders Handicap.

Our Honor earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure for the near-miss, the best last-race number in the race. In for the $32,000 tag, he will be ridden by Elvis Trujillo.

Congressional Page is an interesting newcomer from the barn of Michael Trombetta. A 4-year-old gelding, Congressional Page is unbeaten in two starts, both at Delaware Park this summer. He won his debut by eight lengths. Second time out, he rallied from seventh to win by two lengths.