06/15/2009 11:00PM

Hennig has both surfaces covered


OCEANPORT, N.J. - It has been a remarkably rainy June on the Jersey Shore with rain recorded in the area on 14 of the first 15 days.

Given the soggy pattern, trainer Mark Hennig hedged his bets for Thursday's $42,000 second-level allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Monmouth Park.

Hennig entered Possessive for the grass, while also dropping in Better Again for the main track, in the event the race comes off the turf.

Both have run well here in the past on their preferred surfaces.

Possessive has not run since finishing a distant 11th at Gulfstream Park in January. She ran twice on this grass course last summer, securing her maiden win and following up with a fourth in a first-level allowance.

Eddie Castro will be aboard.

Joe Bravo has the mount if Better Again draws into the race on a surface switch. She was a game second here last month as the 5-2 choice.

If the race stays on the grass, Bravo is slated to ride Shake the Moon, the likely favorite for trainer Christophe Clement.

The German-bred Shake the Moon owns the superior Beyer Speed Figures in the nine-horse field.

After starting her career in Europe, Shake the Moon has run twice in the U.S. The 4-year-old ran sixth last November in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap, going 1 1/2 miles at Aqueduct, where she got a 93 Beyer - the top figure in Thursday's race.

Most recently, Shake the Moon was fourth in a second-level allowance at Gulfstream in April, missing by only one length after encountering traffic in the first turn.

Hennig is not the only trainer with multiple entrants. Vicki Oliver and Michael Matz entered two for the grass. In both instances, they will race uncoupled.

Oliver saddles the duo of Silver Chest and Full of Ideas.

Silver Chest did not run well this spring in two races in Kentucky. She did, however, reel off consecutive wins on the turf here last summer

Full of Ideas is still looking for her first turf win after 10 tries.

Matz will ship up Kapanga and Lookalike from the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. Kapanga, 2 for 5, makes her first start for Matz after starting her career with Angel Penna Jr. Lookalike, only 2 for 15, has taken several more ambitious swings than this against stakes company.