06/30/2014 10:31AM

United Nations, Salvator Mile fields shaping up

Hong Kong Jockey Club
Side Glance has raced in England, Dubai, Australia, and the United States in his last eight starts.

Next Sunday is one of the biggest days of the Monmouth Park meeting, with both the Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations and Grade 3, $150,000 Salvator Mile on tap.

While the fields were still coming together as of Monday, here is a look at some of the possible starters, according to Monmouth Park stakes coordinator Dan Dufford:

United Nations, 1 3/8 mile on turf

* Side Glance is a 7-year-old world traveler trained by Great Britain-based Andrew Balding. In his last eight starts, he has raced in England, Dubai, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and yes, the United States. He was third in last year's Arlington Million. Side Glance has won 8 of 35 starts and $2.4 million.

* Chad Brown nominated recent Manhattan winner Real Solution, who was placed first by the stewards in the 2013 Arlington Million ahead of Side Glance, but will not be sending him. Instead, Brown is planning on running Ghurair, a Great Britain transplant, who won a second-level optional claimer at Belmont Park last time out while making his second U.S. start.

* Todd Pletcher is expected to send Charming Kitten, who will comically be shortening up in the 1 3/8-mile U.N. Charming Kitten won the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup in his last start.

[United Nations Stakes: Get PPs, watch Sunday's card live]

Others under consideration include Irish Mission, a Christophe Clement-trained mare; Winning Cause (Pletcher); Exclusive Strike (Jason Servis); Kaigun (Mark Casse); Main Sequence (Graham Motion); Lochte (Marcus Vitali); and Tricky Hat (Shug McGaughey).

Salvator Mile

Itsmyluckyday, who was second in last year’s Florida Derby and Preakness before being pulled up and vanned off in the Pegasus Stakes here, could limit the size of this field. Away from the races for nine months, Itsmyluckyday has won his last two races for trainer Eddie Plesa, the Best of the Rest Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Others being considered include Valid, who missed by a nostril to Last Gunfighter in the Mountainview Stakes at Penn National; Vegas No Show; and Raging Daoust, who won the Salvator last year.

rob More than 1 year ago
By the time they ran the race 95 % of the people had left the track.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Stakes coordinator, he will turn this stake into a hamburger unless he gets on his knee's and beg a few owner's/ trainers
Helene Beides More than 1 year ago
I thought The United Nations would be a great fit for Twilight Eclipse.Surprised he is not coming for the race.
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
wow a field of 4 for the salvator mile, how exciting?
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
Hopefully Chris Christie will wake up and realize AC is as dead as his presedential aspirations and open the tracks up to other forms of gambling.
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
he is trying, the supreme court does not want to hear the case and the nfl, nba, ncaa fight them,
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
That bill is led by North Jersey Dems. CC supports it but certainly not his idea.
tim More than 1 year ago
Not sure why itsmyluckyday would limit any field size and scare anybody way. His last race was not that impressive at all. Hes not the same racehorse away from Gulfstream Park.
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
Have to disagree. As good as Valid is, this will be an easy prep race for Lucky. Should have something a little longer, but this will be fine.
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
Very exciting races!!