05/24/2008 12:00AM

Pure Disco switches shoes


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Tony Wilson blames Pure Disco's recent clunker on mud calks.

The 5-year-old Pure Disco turned in a rare poor effort at Monmouth in the Red Cross Stakes, the opening-day feature contested in the slop on May 9.

Wilson expects a strong bounce-back effort Monday with a return to the New Jersey-bred ranks in the $60,000 Open Mind Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

In the Red Cross, Pure Disco ran briefly with the leaders before fading to fifth, beaten 12 lengths.

Wilson said he thinks the shoes were to blame.

"We put the mud calks on her with the hard, sloppy track," Wilson said. "That might have jarred her a little bit. She came out of the race fine. She looks really good. I think she'll bounce back."

It was not the first time Pure Disco ran with the mud calks, which provide traction on a wet track.

"We had used calks before but that track might have been a little harder," Wilson said. "She only ran an eighth of a mile. She was fit and ready. She just didn't like the going."

Pure Disco had run well six times on wet tracks before that race, going 4-1-0. She was second in last year's Open Mind, beaten only a neck, on a fast track.

The Open Mind will be the season debut for Talkin About Love, a scratch from the Red Cross due to the track conditions.

The 4-year-old Talkin About Love won five races here last year, including the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks for owner-breeder-trainer Kevin Sleeter.

Snow Cone ships north for Politely

Joe Orseno is looking forward to running Snow Cone, the newest addition to his stable, in the $70,000 Politely Stakes on Monday.

Snow Cone, trained by Marty Wolfson in Florida, was sent to Orseno by the Live Oak Plantation Stable following the recent purse and stakes cuts at Calder.

"With what's happening at Calder, it's hard to stay down there with a filly like her," Orseno said. "They wanted to get her out of there. She seems to be ready. Marty Wolfson had her ready to run and some races didn't go. I think she'll run really well."

Snow Cone most recently finished fourth in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita in January.

The 4-year-old Snow Cone faces nine rivals in the one-mile race on the turf, which features a touch of royalty. Queen Elizabeth of England will represented by her homebred Medley.

Joey P. still horse for the course

Joey P. loves Monmouth Park.

A 6-year-old gelding, Joey P. continued his torrid affair with the Jersey Shore by scoring a 2 1/4-length win in the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-breds.

Joey P. ($2.80) is now 12 for 19 at Monmouth.

Joe Bravo was aboard for trainer Ben Perkins Jr., who enjoyed a stakes double on Monday, winning the $250,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park with Wild Gams.

The time for the John J. Reilly was 1:09.06 for the six furlongs on the fast track.

Buddy's Humor takes Elkwood

Buddy's Humor ($8.80) won the $70,000 Elkwood Stakes, a race marred by a spill as the field turned for home.

Silent Roar fell, causing a chain reaction that wiped out Classic Campaign and Jersey Kid.

Silent Roar, making his first start since winning the Oceanport Stakes here last August, was vanned off. Jockey Stewart Elliott was taken to a local hospital for X-rays of his back.