09/02/2011 3:07PM

Parx Racing: Chamberlain Bridge, Central City meet again in Turf Monster

Barbara D. Livingston
Chamberlain Bridge will be seeking to win the Turf Monster at Parx Racing for the third straight year on Monday.

Chamberlain Bridge and Central City, the one-two finishers in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, will renew their rivalry Monday at Parx Racing.

The 7-year-old Chamberlain Bridge, winless in his last three starts and idle since mid-June, and the 5-year-old Central City, making his first start of the year, head a field of 12 older turf sprinters in the Turf Monster Handicap, one of three stakes worth a collective $850,000 on the holiday program.

The Grade 3, $350,000 Turf Monster (race 10), part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In series, assures the winner a spot in the BC Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.

BREEDERS' CUP CHALLENGE: Racing schedule, replays, and past winners »

The supporting features on Monday’s 12-race card, which begins at 12:25 p.m. Eastern, are the $300,000 Smarty Jones for 3-year-olds (race 11) and the $200,000 Turf Amazon Handicap for fillies and mares (race 9).

Chamberlain Bridge, seeking to win the Turf Monster for the third straight year, has been off since finishing sixth as the 7-5 favorite in the $200,000 Parx Turf Dash on June 18.

Central City, who led until deep stretch of the 2010 BC Turf Sprint, will be seeking his first graded stakes win while racing for the first time since Dec. 18.

The field also includes Ben’s Cat, winner of the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup last time out, and Regally Ready, whose 4-for-6 record in 2011 includes a pair of Grade 3 turf sprints in Southern California and Kentucky.

◗ The mile and 70-yard Smarty Jones, which serves as the local prep for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 24, drew a field of 10, led by two-time graded stakes winner Pants On Fire. The Smarty Jones also attracted Illinois Derby winner Joe Vann, J J’s Lucky Train, a close fourth last time out in the Grade 1 Haskell; and Redeemed, second to repeat stakes winner Caleb’s Posse a month ago in the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga.

◗ Rose Catherine is back to defend her title in the five-furlong Turf Amazon, where she will face 11 challengers.