06/01/2009 12:00AM

Possessive returns to site of maiden win


OCEANPORT, N.J. - A well-rested Possessive returns to action in the second-level allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf on the first Wednesday of the meet at Monmouth Park.

From now through August, Monmouth resumes a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule after racing only weekends in May.

Possessive has the outside post against seven rivals in the $42,000 race set at 1 1/16 miles, her first race since finishing 11th in a similar spot at Gulfstream Park in January.

Trainer Mark Hennig gave the 4-year-old time to regroup following that effort. She remained in training at the Payson Park center in Florida with the goal of getting ready for Monmouth.

The return to the Jersey Shore could be just want Possessive needs. She blossomed here last summer, scoring her maiden win before running fourth in a first-level allowance race. Possessive knocked off that condition in her next try, which came at the Meadowlands.

Then came two poor races, a 10th in an overnight stakes at Aqueduct that preceded the allowance race at Gulfstream.

Possessive seems comfortable back at Monmouth, having had two main-track works here last month.

"A little rain would help us," assistant trainer Rob Rader said. "She likes a little give to the ground. She's doing well. I think she'll be able to compete a lot better here than at Gulfstream."

Chris DeCarlo will be aboard for the first time.

The German-bred Shake the Moon will be making her third bid for a U.S. victory. A two-time winner in France, Shake the Moon finished sixth in the Long Island Handicap in November at Aqueduct before rallying for fourth in a second-level allowance at Gulfstream.

The combination of trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Joe Bravo always commands respect, winning at a 25 percent clip over the last two seasons.

Trainer Michael Matz sends up an uncoupled pair from the Fair Hill training center in Maryland: Kapanga and Lookalike.

Kapanga will be making her season debut, and first start for Matz, after winning a pair of races last year at Saratoga. Stewart Elliott will ride.

Lookalike, with Carlos Marquez, Jr. aboard, is bidding for her first win since the spring of 2008. She did lose a victory last fall at the Meadowlands to a disqualification.

Main Street, Show Place, Provided For, and Platinumplus complete the field. Jasmine Gardens, Burning Calories and Roxyana were entered for the main track only.