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Monmouth Park: My Adonis drops into allowance to start 2013 campaign
By Mike Farrell
OCEANPORT, N.J. – After 11 straight stakes appearances, My Adonis launches his comeback in a $46,000 third-level allowance on Friday at Monmouth Park.
The one mile and 70-yard race drew seven entrants, including two – Playing a Joke and Ponzi Scheme – running for the optional $50,000 claiming price.
My Adonis is the most interesting name in the lineup. This will be the season debut for the 4-year-old, a homebred for George and Lori Hall trained by Kelly Breen.
My Adonis had an active campaign last year, running nine times while picking up a win in Monmouth’s Long Branch Stakes. The other highlight was a second-place finish to Hansen, the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as 2-year-old champion, in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
My Adonis returns on his home track, landing the outside post with Paco Lopez set to ride.
Breen had not specifically targeted this spot but opted to run here when the race came up fairly light. He cautions that My Adonis might need a start or two before hitting his best stride.
“We’re hoping this moves him forward, that he picks up the tempo a little,” Breen said. “We’ll see what happens, but he might need a race.”
While My Adonis rounds back into form, Spring Hill Farm should be sitting on ready. A member of Todd Pletcher’s Monmouth division, Spring Hill Farm, a 4-year-old, returned from a layoff of almost two months to finish in a dead heat for second in Monmouth’s Majestic Light Stakes in the slop on Memorial Day weekend.
He deadlocked with Ruler On Ice, the 2011 Belmont Stakes winner, also trained by Breen.
Joe Bravo has the return call.
Ponzi Scheme is a veteran of the Monmouth wars, making his 12th start here. His two victories here were both stakes: the 2011 Skip Away and the 2012 Decathlon.
Ponzi Scheme ran third in the Grade 3 Philip Iselin Stakes in 2011.
A 6-year-old gelding, now a member of the Jorge Navarro barn, Ponzi Scheme ran third most recently in an allowance race earlier this month. Elvis Trujillo picks up the mount.
Playing a Joke is always a factor at Monmouth with a mark of 2-3-0 in 6 starts here.
Rolling Yona and Romp City are both stepping up following second-level wins at Parx Racing.
Speighter Man, fifth last time out in the Joseph French Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park, completes the field.
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