07/23/2011 1:35PM

Monmouth: Starter series tops Monday makeup card


Lighthouse Sound and Fagedaboutit Sal, a pair of well-accomplished turf runners with black type on their r ésumés, are among five horses rematched from a blanket finish last month in the second leg of a starter handicap series Monday at Monmouth Park.

The 12-race program, which begins at 12:50 p.m. Eastern, was shifted from Friday due to excessive heat and humidity in the region that created conditions intolerable for racing.

The ninth race will be run at 1  1/16 miles and is part of the Malouf Auto Group Starter Series on turf. It is restricted to horses who have run for a claiming tag of $16,000 or less within the past two seasons and have not won a stakes since. A $10,000 bonus will be awarded to the trainer of the horse who runs in at least three legs of the series and compiles the most points. Points are awarded on a scale of 80 for first, 50 for second, 30 for third, 20 for fourth, and 10 for an unplaced finish.

The series continues with a 1 1/8-mile race on Aug. 7 and concludes with a 1 3/8-mile event on Aug. 28.

The 4-year-old Lighthouse Sound got up by a neck going a mile on June  26 in the first leg of the series, a race in which only 2 1/2 lengths separated the first four finishers and the seventh-place horse was beaten just four lengths.

Lighthouse Sound, who early in 2010 ran for claiming tags of $12,500 and $10,000 at Penn National, improved dramatically in the middle of his 3-year-old campaign, hitting the board in three turf stakes in New York and at Monmouth, including a neck loss in the John’s Call at Saratoga.

Fagedaboutit Sal, an 8-year-old New Jersey-bred, was good enough to win three turf stakes for statebreds during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He was reacquired by trainer Bruce Alexander in January out of a winning effort for $16,000 at Tampa Bay Downs. Fagedaboutitsal finished fourth as the 9-5 favorite in the June 26 race won by LIghthouse Sound.

Exclusive Strike, the runner-up to Lighthouse Sound, Harlequin Sky (sixth) and Gaelic Storm (seventh) are also back for Monday’s rematch.

The most dangerous horse may be Florida shipper Ducduc, who has won 3 of 4 starts, all against similar starter allowance competition, since he was claimed by trainer Bisnauth Parboo. He will be making his first start since April while seeking to win his fourth straight turf race.