06/14/2012 1:50PM

Monmouth Park: Quick Flip carefully spotted


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Terri Pompay did a little comparative shopping and decided the $60,000 Just Smashing Stakes was a better deal for Quick Flip.

The race for 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs tops the Saturday card at Monmouth Park.

This will be the first start for Quick Flip since a distant fifth in the Grade 2 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park in late January. She ran three times in Florida over the winter, winning the Sandpiper at Tampa Bay Downs before running a competitive fourth in the Grade 3 Old Hat at Gulfstream.

Pompay decided a rest was in order when Quick Flip came out of the Forward Gal with some rear muscle soreness.

“We decided to freshen her up,” Pompay said. “We had run her a couple of times close and she really runs hard. Then she was a little sore in a gluteus muscle. It was good time to stop.”

Pompay has had the filly ready for a while, and that’s where the shopping came into play. Quick Flip was entered the Crank It Up last weekend at Monmouth in what would have been her turf debut.

After reviewing the lineup in that spot, Pompay opted to wait another week. Whether the move is a bargain will be determined when Quick Flip breaks from the rail with Pedro Cotto, Jr. aboard.

“I had her in last weekend, and it looked like a real tough spot for her coming off the layoff,” Pompay said. “We were going to try the turf last time, but the race looked very salty. I know it kind of fell apart with scratches but we had already made a decision to try this spot with her.”

Quick Flip has a history of success at Monmouth, having captured a first-level allowance here last October.

Srumdiddlyyumptious returns to dirt for trainer Kelly Breen after running fourth in the Inaugural Stakes over the synthetic track at Presque Isle Downs. Her two prior efforts were wins at Aqueduct.

Srumdiddlyumptious ran here once last season, finishing third in her debut.

Busted Again was a commanding first-level winner on opening day of the meet.

Trainer Tony Dutrow sends out the uncoupled pair of Diminutive and Singlet.

Defy Gravity, Salad Girl and Spring Flower complete the field.

◗ The Presious Passion comeback is over after two races. The popular 9-year-old gelding has been retired, trainer Mary Hartmann said.

“It was awfully tough to say goodbye to him,” Hartmann said. “I will really miss him. We had a great time together, and it was a great run.”

Presious Passion will unwind at the Ocala, Fla. farm of Helen and Joseph Barbazon where he was foaled.

A winner of three Grade 1 stakes and just under $2.7 million, Presious Passion soured on racing last year and was given an extended vacation. He ran seventh in his comeback, the Elkwood Stakes here in May. Last weekend, Presious Passion set the pace in the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes before fading to sixth in what turned out to be his finale.