Updated on 09/16/2011 8:26AM

Jarf has chance to move up


OCEANPORT, N.J. - For its inaugural running, Sunday's $50,000 Frisk Me Now Stakes at Monmouth Park has clearly set the bar high for future fields by drawing a graded-stakes caliber cast.

The field is made up of nine horses, all of whom are 5- or

6-years-old. Some of the horses are only getting better with age, and successful performances will catapult them into graded stakes. The others have been down the graded-stakes path before, but might be past their best racing days. They will be looking to use the one-mile Frisk Me Now, the 10th race on the card, to regain some confidence.

Jarf, a 6-year-old trained by Allen Iwinski, is one of those who has only improved with age. Since being claimed by Iwinski in January of last year, Jarf has won six times and finished second three times. In his only losses for Iwinski, Jarf ran second to Grade 1 winner Traditionally and Grade 2 winners Broken Vow and Gander.

So far this year, Jarf has won two money allowances at Aqueduct. He is the likely favorite, especially with leading jockey Joe Bravo at the reins.

All of Jarf's wins for Iwinski, however, have come in allowances and the Frisk Me Now would be his first stakes score.

"We have high hopes for him," Iwinski said. "If he runs well like we think he will, it is a strong possibility that he will step right up into graded stakes."

Judge's Case and Tempest Fugit are two quickly improving horses coming out of high-priced claiming victories at Aqueduct. Tempest Fugit is making his first start for trainer Jason Servis after being claimed for $75,000 by owner Dennis Drazin on April 5. Judge's Case was claimed April 19 for $80,000 by Paul Pompa Jr. and put in the barn of Rene Araya. Araya brought Judge's Case back to the races nearly two weeks later and he won for a $100,000 tag.

Six-year-olds Talk's Cheap and Sea of Tranquility have had tremendous graded-stakes success earlier in their careers but have fallen on hard times recently. Sea of Tranquility, trained by Richard Paulus, won the Grade 3 Salvatore Mile here last summer but has only won one race out of nine since then. He ran third on opening day in the John J. Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-breds.

Talk's Cheap won three stakes as a 3-year-old and has been a consistent upper-level stakes and Grade 2 and 3 runner throughout his career. But his last win came at The Meadowlands last October, his only victory in 12 races dating back to 2000.

Estio, The Cool Grape, K.O.'s Crypto, and Summer Swing complete the field.

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