06/11/2008 11:00PM

Social Queen comes back on short rest


The timing may not be ideal for Social Queen, but the opportunity was too good to pass up.

Running back a little sooner than trainer Alan Goldberg would prefer, Social Queen looks for the biggest win of her career Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Eatontown Stakes, the first graded event of the year at Monmouth Park.

Social Queen has an excellent history on Monmouth's turf course, going 3 for 4 including a rousing last-to-first win in the Politely Stakes on May 26.

"That's why I'm running her here," Goldberg said. "It's a little quick back, coming off a big race. It's Monmouth and she seems to like it. We're going to try this."

Jose Lezcano has the return mount.

The biggest problem for Social Queen, a drop-far-back closer, is always pace.

The presence of Medley should address that issue. The filly trained by Christophe Clement and owned by the Queen of England raced right on the pace in the Politely, beaten only a neck by the onrushing Social Queen.

"She was a little unlucky last time," Clement said.

Medley will add blinkers for the Eatontown.

Joe Bravo will be aboard again.

Completing the field in the 1 1/16-mile race are Czarina's Girl, Maddy's Heart, Montecito, Chestoria, Miracle Moment, and Beatrix Kiddo.

Spend a Buck: Cool Coal Man seeks rebound

Fountain of Youth winner Cool Coal Man looks to regroup in the $70,000 Spend a Buck Stakes, the supporting feature.

Things have not gone well for the colt since that Grade 2 victory at Gulfstream Park. He ran ninth in the Blue Grass Stakes and 15th in the Kentucky Derby at 44-1.

Cool Coal Man figures to be a much shorter price in this spot, the first stop on Monmouth's road to the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 3. The Spend a Buck at one mile and 70 yards is the prep for the $150,000 Long Branch Stakes on July 12, a race that traditionally produces one or two Haskell starters.

Cool Coal Man hails from the same connections that produced Belmont Stakes winner Da' Tara and last year's juvenile champion War Pass: owner Robert LaPenta and Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito. No rider was named.

Atoned, trained by Todd Pletcher, will be looking for his first stakes win since Monmouth's off-the-turf Continental Mile last August.

The colt has had several near misses since then, suffering neck losses in the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct last fall and in the Gradeo3 Tampa Bay Derby in March.

Most recently, Atoned finished eighth in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

Bravo, aboard for Atoned's fourth-place finish in the Illinois Derby, will ride.

Memorial service for Croll

A memorial service for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Croll will take place at Monmouth on June 18 in the Patio Terrace Rooftop on the second floor of the clubhouse.

The "Celebration of the Life of Jimmy Croll" gets under way at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

Croll, a fixture at Monmouth for six decades, died last weekend at age 88.