Silver Screamer, winner of the June 30 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) last out, is the 123-pound highweight in a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the $150,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park July 29.
The 1 1/8-mile Matchmaker on turf, in which the top three finishers will receive a stallion season from Taylor Made Stallions in addition to the respective purses, is the 10th race on a Sunday card highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
In seeking her second straight graded stakes, Silver Screamer will again be ridden by Jose Espinoza, who was aboard the Cozzene filly for the first time in the Eatontown at 1 1/16 miles over the same course as the Matchmaker.
Trained by Rudy Rodriguez for owners Michael Imperio and Bill Elias Stables, Silver Screamer has won half of her dozen starts, with four placings, while earning $230,495. On turf, the Kentucky-bred has a record of 8-4-3-1.
Also returning in the Matchmaker out of the Eatontown is third-place finisher Unbridled Humor, a Live Oak Plantation homebred daughter of Distorted Humor trained by Graham Motion. Winner of the Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. III) last year and a stakes winner in 2010, the 5-year-old mare has won or placed in 10 of her 13 lifetime starts, all on grass, while earning $270,020.
The most experienced mare in the field is Island Time, a Florida-bred daughter of Trippi who has gone to post 21 times for owners Bill and Vicki Poston and trainer Jason Servis. Included among the six career wins for the 5-year-old was the 2010 Desert Vixen Stakes at Monmouth. From five starts this year, Island Time has won three allowance/optional claiming tests.
$150,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III, Race 10, approximate post 4:37 p.m. EDT), 3YOs & Up, F&M, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Simmering Moment (KY), S Russell, 116, F Abbott III
2. Unbridled Humor (FL), J Rocco, Jr., 116, H G Motion
3. Island School (KY), E Trujillo, 116, C R McGaughey
4. Dealbata (IRE), P Lopez, 118, C C Brown
5. Island Time (FL), K Carmouche, 116, J Servis
6. Laughing (IRE), R Bejarano, 116, A E Goldberg
7. Hessoite (NY), J Castellano, 116, D G Donk
8. Silver Screamer (KY), J L Espinoza, 123, R R Rodriguez