06/16/2009 11:00PM

Two angles favoring this gelding


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Shipwrecktreasure has run short, and he has tried turf in two starts this year at Monmouth Park.

Finally, the 3-year-old gelding seems to be in the right spot Friday, a $52,000 second-level allowance for New Jersey breds.

Shipwrecktreasure is one of the top contenders in the mile-and-70-yard race, as both career wins came in two-turn races on the main track.

He started this Monmouth season facing statebreds in a sprint, finishing fifth while chasing along the inside.

Next time out, Shipwrecktreasure tackled open company in his grass debut on May 31, digging in gamely to lose by only 1 3/4 lengths. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 80, the highest last-race number in the seven-horse field.

"The grass race was an excellent race," trainer Russell Cash said. "He was stepping out of his condition to face open horses. He handled it really well. He was right there."

Shipwrecktreasure will be offering two angles Friday: turf to dirt and open to statebred.

"This race Friday is where he belongs," Cash said. "He's a pretty solid runner, and he usually gives it a good try."

Chuckie Lopez has the return call.

Shipwrecktreasure will face an old foe in Zuloushe. They squared off last October at the Meadowlands, with Shipwrecktreasure squeezing out his maiden win by a head over Zuloushe.

Owned, trained, and bred by Eddie Broome, Zuloushe comes into the race sharp, having scored a first-level allowance win over New Jersey-breds here on June 6. Pablo Morales has the return call.

Shipwrecktreasure and Zuloushe have very similar records. Shipwrecktreasure is 2-2-2 in 10 races; Zuloushe is 2-3-1 in 11 starts.

Philadelphia Park-based trainer Cathal Lynch sends out an entry of Marauder Nation and Brass Run. Stamina looks like an issue for Marauder Nation, whose best efforts have come at distances ranging from six to seven furlongs. He captured a first-level statebred allowance at six furlongs here on opening day. Brass Run appears a better fit on distance, having won a second-level $25,000 statebred claimer at the Meadowlands last November, prevailing by three lengths in the slop in the mile-and-70-yard race.

Original Sin ventures beyond six furlongs for the first time. A $22,000 claim last summer, Original Sin was third here in the slop on June 4.

Defrerest of All and Undignified complete the field.