05/19/2012 11:36AM

Northlands: Up Jumps a Monster tries to stay unbeaten on Monday


Up Jumps a Monster will try to keep his perfect record intact when he runs in a second-level allowance race at Northlands Park Monday. The six furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew 10 horses and goes as race 8 on the nine-race card, which begins at 1 p.m. Mountain.

Up Jumps a Monster won his 2-year-old debut going 5 1/2 furlongs in a maiden special weight race at Northlands last Aug. 10. He didn’t resurface until Feb. 25 when he came from a stalking position to win a $75,000 optional claiming race at Tampa Bay, again at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Trainer Rob Chabot thinks Up Jumps a Monster is a very nice horse but he isn’t in any hurry to prove it. He is targeting the $200,000 Canadian Derby Aug. 25 at Northlands for Up Jumps a Monster.

“I know when the Canadian Derby is,” said Chabot. “He is as smart as they come, he’s sound, and there wasn’t a pimple on him after he worked.”

Chabot was referring to Up Jumps a Monster’s sharp five-furlong move in 59.20 seconds last Tuesday.

Stephan Heiler rides Up Jumps a Monster, who is the only horse in the field with a race this year.

Up Jumps a Monster will be facing older horses for the first time, but the main threats, Alisal and Aces Again, appear to want more distance.

Alisal, trained by Rod Cone, will be making just his second on dirt. A 5-year-old Florida-bred horse, Alisal’s first win came on turf in a one mile $35,000 maiden-claiming race at Gulfstream in April last year. He came right back to win a 1 1/16-mile first-level allowance race over Polytrack at Woodbine. In his latest start he finished second in the $50,000 Gold Cup at Assiniboia Downs Sept. 10.

Aces Again closed out his 2011 campaign in October with a narrow loss to Mr. Shadar in the $50,000 Harvest Gold Plate at 1 1/16 miles. Trained by Amanda Gregory, Aces Again was coming off a win going around three turns in a $32,000 optional claiming race.

Gabe’s Pride has good speed and he used it to win his first two starts as a 2-year-old last year. He tried to carry his speed around three turns in the one-mile Canadian Juvenile, but after leading for six furlongs he ran out of gas and finished fifth. Gabe’s Pride is trained by Kelly Grieves.