Saturday's 50th running of the $750,000 United Nations Handicap (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park could materialize as a repeat of last year's edition, won by the old pro With Anticipation, who defeated Denon by a neck in a thrilling finish to the 11-furlong classic.
Those two are back, but this time Denon, who received a pound from his rival in 2002, must carry starting high weight of 122 while the 8-year-old gelding With Anticipation totes 120. Pat Day will be back aboard the Jonathan Sheppard-trained With Anticipation, while Jerry Bailey will seek his third U.N. 'Cap victory on the Bobby Frankel-conditioned Denon.
Bailey won the U.N. in 1984 with Hero's Honor and in 1999 with Yagli.
Frankel will also send Requete in for the race. He was second to Denon last out in the Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on Belmont Stakes Day. Edgar Prado rides at 115.
All three of those horses are scheduled to arrive at Monmouth on Saturday morning.
The two invaders on the grounds, Kim Loves Bucky and The Tin Man, galloped over the main track at Monmouth Thursday morning.
Trainer John Glenney supervised the activity of Kim Loves Bucky (115, Shane Sellers) as the 5-year-old jogged around the wet main track.
Crystal Brown, assistant to trainer Richard Mandella, was aboard The Tin Man, who galloped a mile and a quarter. Mandella was due in later Thursday. The Tin Man carries second high weight of 121 and regular rider Mike Smith will be aboard.$750,000 United Nations Handicap (gr. IT), 3 & up, 1 3/8 mile on turf
PP. Horse, Wgt., Jockey
1. Balto Star (KY), 117, Jose A. Velez, Jr.
2. The Tin Man (KY), 121, Mike E. Smith
3. Requete (GB), 115, Edgar S. Prado
4. Lunar Sovereign (KY), 112, Richard Migliore
5. Denon (KY), 122, Jerry D. Bailey
6. With Anticipation (PA), 120, Pat Day
7. Kim Loves Bucky (KY), 115, Shane J. Sellers