06/12/2013 3:15PM

Monmouth: Motion covered on turf, dirt with uncoupled pair


OCEANPORT, N.J. – It has been a very rainy start to the Monmouth Park season.

Unfortunately, that pattern continues into the new racing week – if the forecasts are accurate.

That cloud over the meet, literally and figuratively, will impact the second-level optional $32,000 claiming feature for fillies and mares on Friday.

It’s on the turf – maybe.

Trainer Graham Motion, in England preparing Animal Kingdom for Ascot, has two options in Friday’s 1 1/16-mile contest, one for either surface.

On the grass, this $44,000 race would be the comeback spot for Coup, sidelined two days shy of a full year since running fifth in the Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Prior to that, the 4-year-old Coup had been a model of consistency with 2 wins, including the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico, and 2 seconds in 4 races.

Motion entered Off My Cloud for the main-track only, an insurance policy in the event of a rain-off.

The only 3-year-old in the field if she runs, Off My Cloud finished third most recently in the Our Mims Stakes at Delaware Park.

Joe Bravo was named to ride both Motion horses, who are uncoupled in the betting.

Andrew Mitchell has been tracking the weather updates, same as everyone else with a runner in the race.

The trainer of the 5-year-old Angel’s South will let the elements determine her status. She was a game second in her earlier start at the meet, rallying back to get second after battling for the early lead.

“She’s a feisty filly,” Mitchell said. “Once she’s on the ground being herself, she’s an adorable little thing. Once she’s got a rider on her back, she turns into a lion. Just stay out of her way. She’ll kick man, kick beast. She just wants to go.”

Whether she gets the chance depends entirely on the condition of the surface, whether main track or grass.

“I really believe she’s going to do super duper well, if she runs,” Mitchell said. “And as for the meet as a whole, I really believe the weather will eventually take a turn for the better.”

Like Motion, Chad Brown also has an uncoupled pair in Poetic Kid and Scenario Analysis. Both are coming off fifth-place finishes. Poetic Kid comes out of a second-level allowance at Belmont Park on June 2 while Scenario Analysis was beaten less than two lengths in the Distaff Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in early April.