06/30/2008 11:00PM

McLaughlin finds spot for Duveen


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Duveen needs to run, in trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's opinion.

After two races for the 4-year-old at Belmont Park failed to fill, McLaughlin found a spot Thursday at Monmouth Park.

"They don't make any money standing in the stall," McLaughlin said. "We're going to bring him down, and hopefully he wins the race."

Duveen tops a $45,000 third-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The race, which also has a $50,000 claiming option, drew a full field of eight, with McLaughlin's Makaan sitting on the also-eligible list. Saratoga Lulaby and Meadow Blue also were entered for the main track only.

Duveen will be making his third start for McLaughlin after winning a pair of Grade 3 stakes last season for trainer Dale Romans - the Palm Beach at Gulfstream Park and the American Turf at Churchill Downs.

The first start for the new barn was an ambitious spot: the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill, where he ran fifth. The second race was a third-level allowance at Belmont on June 5, where Duveen grabbed the lead turning for home before again finishing fifth.

Duveen posted identical Beyer Speed Figures of 92 in the two races.

He has been working strongly since then, turning in a bullet turf workout on June 20 at Saratoga: a half-mile in 46.46 seconds.

The Monmouth race is a sixteenth of a mile shorter than the last two, which McLaughlin thinks is an advantage for Duveen.

"We thought that shortening him up from a mile and an eighth, we might catch somebody with a little speed where he can lay second or third and settle in," McLaughlin said.

Joe Bravo picks up the mount.

Phil the Power also ran a big Beyer last time - 93 - but that came in an off-the-turf second-level allowance victory in the slop in his season debut May 31. Phil the Power ran well on the grass last season for trainer Joe Orseno, including seconds in the Princeton and the John Henry Stakes at the Meadowlands.

Hotstufanthensome has won a lot of races, and money, over the years in New Jersey for trainer Norman Pointer. An 8-year-old gelding, Hotstufanthensome was claimed away from Pointer by trainer Terri Pompay for $62,500 at Gulfstream Park in January. He carries the $50,000 tag, following a fifth-place finish in the Elkwood Stakes here May 24.

Completing the field are Love Dubai, Victory Alleged, Avanti Avanti, Murch, and Starvinsky.