09/05/2009 11:00PM

Get Serious-Kiss the Kid rematch


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Circumstances should be very different in the rematch between Get Serious and Kiss the Kid in the Grade 3, $175,000 Red Bank Stakes at one mile on the turf Sunday at Monmouth Park.

Get Serious held on by a neck over Kiss the Kid in the off-the-turf Oceanport Stakes on the Haskell Day undercard, a race contested in the slop with only three runners.

Unlike Haskell weekend, the Jersey Shore is enjoying dry weather heading toward Labor Day. In all likelihood, the Red Bank will be contested on firm turf, with a more representative field that includes Mambo Meister, Pleasant Strike, Vanquisher, Pick Six, Custer, and Steve's Double.Proudinsky, a career winner of $1.1 million, was third to Presious Passion last time out in the Monmouth Stakes in mid June and has been made the 7-2 morning line favorite.

Jet Propulsion was cross-entered here and in an allowance race Monday at Delaware Park.

This is one of the final starts for Kiss the Kid as owner-trainer Amy Tarrant hopes to stand the 6-year-old multiple graded stakes winner at stud next season.

"It's a tough race, but he's always in tough races," Tarrant said.

Kiss the Kid, with leading rider Elvis Trujillo aboard, breaks from post 3, one slot to the inside of Get Serious.

Tactically, Pablo Fragoso does not have a lot options aboard Get Serious. A 5-year-old gelding trained by the team of John Forbes and Pat McBurney, Get Serious is heading to the front. He has used those tactics effectively on turf and dirt this season to win 3 of 4 starts. His lone loss came on the main track to Chirac, the leading older dirt runner on the grounds, in the Skip Away Stakes.

So when Get Serious fires out of there, Trujillo will have to decide where to position Kiss the Kid.

"I don't know," Tarrant said. "Elvis is a good grass rider. My horse might just wait and stalk. I'll talk to Elvis, but that's probably going to be our approach."

The Get Serious camp was delighted with their draw.

"It's a nice spot in the middle," McBurney said. "He doesn't have to be out there by himself, but he doesn't want to see someone in front of him. It's a nice draw to get to the first turn in good shape."

McBurney feels this is the ideal time for Get Serious, 5 for 7 in Monmouth grass races, to take down his first graded victory.

"It's Monmouth Park, it's a flat mile, and it's a turf course he obviously likes," McBurney said. "It fits his race schedule."

Mambo Meister is an interesting new face, making his Monmouth debut after chasing emerging turf star Justenuffhumor in a pair of Grade 2 stakes at Saratoga last month.

A 4-year-old gelding trained by Phil Gleaves, Mambo Meister is back on short rest following a fifth-place finish in the Bernard Baruch Handicap on Aug. 28. He is 2-2-0 in 4 grass races at one mile. Carlos Marquez Jr. will ride.

* Bee Cee Cee, a son of Songandaprayer, makes his turf debut in the supporting stakes, the $60,000 Gilded Time for 3-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs.

"A lot of the Songandaprayers that I've had have done well on the turf," said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. "We certainly need to find out if he has that dimension."