07/02/2012 3:51PM

Monmouth Park: Get Serious out to capture old glory in Red Bank


OCEANPORT, N.J. – The summer of 2010 at Monmouth Park was magical for Get Serious, as he won a trio of Grade 3 stakes during the meet.

Two years removed from that terrific season, Get Serious tries to turn back the clock on Wednesday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Red Bank Stakes on the turf, the feature on an 11-race holiday card that starts at 12:45 p.m. Eastern.

Get Serious bids for his first victory since the 2010 Red Bank.

The race attracted eight entrants for the one-mile race, with four – Boots Ahead, Queen’splatekitten, Monument Hill and El Commodore – cross-entered that same afternoon in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park.

Now 8, Get Serious had a lost season in 2011. Between battling a leg infection and catching courses too soft for his speed-stalking style, Get Serious went winless in four tries.

The Red Bank will be his third start this year following a pair of foundation races here, a sixth in the Elkwood Stakes followed by a third against some salty competition in the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes.

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Trainer John Forbes sees nothing but positive indicators heading into the race.

“He’s training as well as he has in his life,” Forbes said. “He’s doing super, if we don’t get a lot of rain. He’s also showing more of an ability to rate a little.”

If back on his game, Get Serious will be tough in this spot. He is 10-0-1 in 18 Monmouth grass starts, and regular pilot Pablo Fragoso is set to ride.

This will be a litmus test, an opportunity for Get Serious to prove he can still compete effectively at this level.

“I think it is an important test,” Forbes said. “We’re satisfied that maybe he is a good as we’ve ever seen him. A lot of these veteran grass horses stay good for a long time.”

Of the horses committed to run in the Red Bank, Yummy With Butter looks like the main competition. He was fifth in the Monmouth Stakes, his first start at the meet. He was the locally based turf start last year, winning a pair of Grade 3’s here: the Oceanport and the Cliff Hanger.

Lubash is usually a factor in the statebred stakes in New York, while Hermosillo, last season’s champion New Jersey-bred, makes his grass debut at age 8.

Frank More than 1 year ago
alright folks time to get serious. Who do we like in the two features today: Belmont's Poker and Monmonth's Red Bank -- You got to love the turf always count on full fields and come from behinder's who do you like?
Frank More than 1 year ago
ok I guess I am an idiot -- the scratched to many horses and ruined those races.. How about the 8th at monmouth -- full field on the turf
Frank More than 1 year ago
Get Serious Baby!!! I tried to give it to you -- read post above. You got to love the turf!! I'm buying today!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
exacta part wheel Lubash w Monument Hill and Queen'splatekitten. Exacta box Lubash and Monument Hill.
Paul Patane More than 1 year ago
Lubash is coming off a troubled trip last time, and still finished up strong. Wil be making noise at the wire..........
bleck1022 More than 1 year ago
MJP, I would love to see Get Serious make a return to form. Unfortunately, I just think he's way past his prime. I could be very wrong though, given how well he ran in the Monmouth. As Forbes said, should be a very interesting test.
MJP More than 1 year ago
True he's getting up there in age, but he set very fast fractions last time, think he'll be able to set a slower pace in a shorter race here. He needs it to remain nice and dry though, no thunderstorms.
MJP More than 1 year ago
Gotta love Get Serious. Love Hermosillo too, an old pro, but he's thoroughly outclassed here and will just chase, he'll be unable to press GS, he just doesnt have the speed. Lubash may be able to get the lead going 48 and 4 on one of those soft turf plodfests in NY, but here he'll just have to chase. I figure the Weaver horses and PLtecher probably scratch for the Poker. Yummy with Butter can unleash a big one from dead last at the quarter pole. I'll use GS and YWB, hope some of the Ny'ers stay in which will add value to my exacta.