08/29/2013 12:59PM

Monmouth Park: Ju Ju Eyeballs may not be 100 percent for Miss Woodford Stakes

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Ju Ju Eyeballs has won stakes at Monmouth in her last two outings: the Crank It Up on grass and the Just Smashing on the main track July 21.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Ju Ju Eyeballs could be vulnerable in the Miss Woodford Stakes when she lays a five-race winning streak on the line.

The Miss Woodford at six furlongs on the main track and the Twin Lights, 1 1/8 miles on the turf, are the $60,000 features for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

The unusual name comes from a Beatles’ lyric in the song “Come Together”: “Here come old flattop. He come grooving up slowly. He got juju eyeball.”

Her groove has been anything but slow since the claim by Jason Servis for $15,000 in December at Gulfstream Park.

Ju Ju Eyeballs was third in the first start for the new connections and has not lost since.

She captured stakes at Monmouth in her last two outings: the Crank It Up on grass and the Just Smashing on the main track July 21.

The winning streak convinced Servis and the owners, the Mr. Amore Stable, to challenge the division leaders at Saratoga.

Ju Ju Eyeballs was entered in a pair of Grade 1 stakes: the Prioress on July 27 and the Test.

The Prioress was ultimately ruled out as coming too soon after the Crank It Up.

The Test on Aug. 24 then became the target until Ju Ju Eyeballs suffered a setback.

“We were ready to leave for Saratoga the day before the race, and she must have got bit by something,” Servis said. “Her whole muzzle blew up. We really don’t know what it was. We looked for splinters or a piece of glass.”

The inflammation knocked Ju Ju Eyeballs out of the Test and off her feed.

She lost training time, which is the reason Servis took a very cautious approach by aiming to the Miss Woodford. Ju Ju Eyeballs faces only four rivals at her home track, where she has already won three races this season.

“Do I think she’s vulnerable? Yeah, from the time I’ve lost training her,” Servis said.

Fully Living and Frivolity, first-level allowance winners last time out, look like the prime upset candidates.

Frivolity, trained by Tony Dutrow, has won two straight and posted a flashy 91 Beyer Speed Figure, the best in the field, in her recent victory at Parx Racing.

Who Needs and Indian Spell complete the field.

Doubled gets blinkers for Twin Lights

Doubled, looking for her first win since the Sorority Stakes on dirt here last September, will be equipped with blinkers for the first time in the Twin Lights.

Trainer Cal Lynch made the equipment change after Doubled stumbled at the start and ran fifth in a main-track allowance race at Parx.

Bow Bells, from the Todd Pletcher barn, owns the only victory over the course, a first-level win last month.

Parting Kiss, fractious before the start, was fourth last time out in her stakes debut, Monmouth’s Desert Vixen in late July.

Shaikha, Sense to Compete, Miss Squeal, and Some Temper complete the field.

Giant Cats Eye and Mr Hall’s Opus are main-track-only entrants.