07/27/2012 4:02PM

Monmouth Park: Get Serious back in top form for Oceanport


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Get Serious, back in winning form, bids for a third victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Oceanport Stakes on Sunday on the Haskell undercard at Monmouth Park.

The other supporting events include the Grade 3, $150,000 Matchmaker for fillies and mares on the turf and a pair of $100,000 overnight stakes: the Majestic Light and the Teddy Drone.

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Dispelling the notion that he had lost a step at the advanced age of 8, Get Serious snapped back to win the Grade 3 Red Bank here on Independence Day. It was his first victory since the 2010 Red Bank, ending a six-race skid.

“He’s kind of his old self,” said trainer John Forbes. “Last year was just kind of a star-crossed year.”

Get Serious was winless in four races in 2011, hampered by a leg infection and courses too soft for his front-running style.

“He’s always been difficult and had his own way of doing things,” Forbes said. “I don’t want to jinx him, but he’s sound and his legs are like pipes. Some of these turf horses can go on and on.”

Get Serious took consecutive Oceanports in 2009-10. The 2009 edition was rained off the turf.

Get Serious is 11-0-1 in 19 grass races at Monmouth. As usual, Pablo Fragoso will ride.

Pace is always a factor in any field containing Get Serious, as he always heads for the lead. He could get some company from Glass Art, the pacesetting winner of both his races since being gelded, and Crepuscolo, fresh from a front-running 12 1/4-length win on the main track.

Queen’splatekitten, third to Get Serious in the Red Bank, returns for another try. Magnifi Cat, Tune Me In, Roman Tiger and Admiral Perry complete the field.

Matchmaker: Silver Screamer brings consistency

Silver Screamer looks to extend her winning streak to three and keep her string of in-the-money grass finishes intact in the Matchmaker.

A 4-year-old gray trained by Rudy Rodriguez, Silver Screamer won an allowance race at Belmont Park before stepping up to win the Grade 3 Eatontown here last month.

Silver Screamer is 4-3-1 in 8 turf races. Her biggest challenge could be the 1 1/8-mile distance, a sixteenth of a mile longer than she has ever run.

“She’s got the body,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t think the distance is going to be a problem. I hope not. She looked like she was running away the other day when she won.”

Silver Screamer drew the outside slot with Jose Espinoza aboard again. With Hessonite undoubtedly scratched after running in the Irish Linnent Stakes at Saratoga on Friday, the starting spot will be post 7.

She broke from post 8 in the Eatontown.

“She can get to the lead from there,” Rodriguez said. “If they want it, she can sit. Espinoza rode her the other day with a lot of confidence. She’s on the outside again, so he can pretty much see whatever is going to happen. Hopefully, she can get a good trip and she can run her race.”

Unbridled Humor was third in the Eatontown, extending her in-the-money finishes in stakes races to four.

Shimmering Moment, Island School, Dealbata, Island Time and Laughing complete the field.

Taylor Made Stallion will award a stallion season to the first three finishers.

◗ The $100,000 Majestic Light at 1 1/16 miles is a jumble, with four of the eight runners cross-entered in Saturday’s $175,000 Mountainview Handicap at Penn National.

Of the horses committed to run here, Cactus Charlie gets class relief after running fifth in the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup. The 5-year-old was third in last year’s Majestic Light.

The Brazilian-bred Brujo De Olleros makes his U.S. debut for trainer Graham Motion and Team Valor International. Esporon was a dominant first-level allowance winner, while Gourmet Dinner comes off the turf after running seventh in the Grade 3 Poker at Belmont.

◗ Royal Currier and Raging Six hook up again in the Teddy Drone at six furlongs.

They squared off here in the Mr. Prospector with Royal Currier getting the win while Raging Six rallied from far back to miss by only a half-length.

Todd Pletcher sends out an entry of Travelin Man, last year’s Grade 2 Swale winner, and Soaring Stocks, third in the Decathlon Stakes on Monmouth’s opening day.

Secret Commander has won three in a row since being claimed for a modest $8,000 at Tampa Bay Downs by trainer Jorge Navarro and now steps up to take a stakes swing.

– additional reporting by David Grening