09/16/2011 3:46PM

Monmouth: Politely distance a better fit for In the Rough

Bob Coglianese
In the Rough is back at a more suitable distance in Sunday's Politely.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – A cutback in distance and the defection of a pair of leading contenders makes the $60,000 Politely Stakes a more favorable spot for In the Rough.

The Politely, the Sunday feature at Monmouth Park, initially drew nine fillies and mares for the 1 1/16 miles on the turf. However, the connections of Aquitaine and Unbridled Humor have indicated they will run instead in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Stakes on Sunday at Belmont Park.

In the Rough set the pace in her latest effort, finishing fourth in Monmouth’s 1 3/8-mile Omnibus Stakes.

“This is not an easy spot for the money,” Breen said. “The last race might have been a little bit too far for her.”

The three-turn Omnibus was a matter of timing. Breen wasn’t necessarily looking to run the 4-year-old in a three-turn contest, but the allowance races were not filling and Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee played havoc with the turf schedule.

“Hopefully, this will hit her right on the head,” Breen said.

Pomeroys Pistol to prep for BC

Owner, breeder, and trainer Amy Tarrant is looking forward to her first Breeders’ Cup runner.

If all goes well, Pomeroys Pistol will be in the field for the Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs in November.

Pomeroys Pistol won the Grade  2 Forward Gal in January and was the runner-up most recently in a pair of Grade 1 stakes: the Prioress and the Test.

Her final Breeders’ Cup prep will be the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on Sept. 24 at Belmont. It will mark the first time Pomeroys Pistol, a 3-year-old, faces older rivals.

“It is six weeks before the Breeders’ Cup and I don’t have to ship her too far away,” Tarrant said from Monmouth. “She’ll get a workout against some pretty tough horses and she would be facing that kind in the Breeders’ Cup. If she stays healthy, she’s earned a chance to go.”

Tarrant likes the fact Pomeroys Pistol has already run well at Belmont, closing gamely to miss by only a half-length in the Prioress.

“I was apprehensive about running her over that track the last time,” Tarrant said. “It’s got the long stretch and it’s a little deeper, but she didn’t seem to mind it.”

Tarrant is trying to control her enthusiasm and not catch a case of Breeders’ Cup fever.

“We’re hoping for the best,” Tarrant said. “Horses are dropping by the wayside and she’s still healthy. I’m reserving my excitement because it’s still almost two months away to the Breeders’ Cup. I’ll be a newcomer to this. It will be kind of fun. This is my ninth year of doing this and I have to fit it all in before I retire. Maybe next year, I’ll have my first Derby horse. You never know.”

Re Run benefit slated for Sept. 29

The annual Re Run benefit golf outing takes place Sept. 29 to help fund the agency that finds retirement homes for New Jersey racehorses at the end of their careers.

With the meet winding down toward its Nov. 6 conclusion, trainer Glenn Thompson has been sounding the alarm that Re Run won’t have enough funds to help all the horses in need.

A proposal earlier this year to fund Re Run from the purse account never advanced in the state legislature.

The jockeys, Monmouth Park, and the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will be making donations and the golf outing and dinner is expected to generate $10,000 to $20,000.

“We are all trying to do our best, but our best just isn’t enough,” said THA executive director Mike Musto.

For more information on the outing, contact Lisa Ellison at (732) 337-4118.