2nd at 6OCEANPORT S.
( 8.5f , to Get Serious, defeating Pleasant Strike ).
No stakes at Monmouth Park Aug. 2 was impacted by the wet weather more than the Oceanport Stakes, originally scheduled to be run as a grade III event at 11Ú16 miles on the turf. But when the races were taken off the grass, the seven-horse field was whittled to three.
The winner, Get Serious, favored at 3-5, led every step of the way, gamely outdueling the 9-5 second choice Kiss the Kid to win by a neck over a sloppy, sealed track. Get Serious, a New York-bred by City Zip, out of the Java Gold mare, Java Gal, covered the distance in 1:43.02 under Pablo Fragoso.
The winner was bred by MorganÕs Ford Farm and is owned by James M. Dinan, Jacques J. Moore, and trainer John ForbesÕ Phantom House Farm partnership, which Forbes started in 1995.
Named by Forbes after a Newcastle, England, training facility that operated in the 19th century, Phantom House had immediate success, purchasing six horses, including the top-class stakes horse and sire, Tale of the Cat, for a total of $1.1 million at the 1995 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Dinan, a New Hampshire resident who formerly resided in Ardsley, N.Y., is operator of a promotional display company in New York and Houston. Moore, from Vienna, Va., operates a Cadillac dealership.
ÒI think he tolerates the slop more than anything,Ó Forbes said. ÒI thought it was a great ride, and Pablo did a great job of slowing him down. HeÕs a tough guy, and Kiss the Kid is a tough horse. (Get Serious) was an obstreperous colt, very uncooperative. We thought he had a lot talent. We didnÕt want to geld him, but we had to. It was a good time for him to dig in today and get serious.Ó
Get Serious, who previously had won the Battlefield and Elkwood Stakes at Monmouth and the Alysheba Stakes at Meadowlands, has now won eight of his 23 career starts, increasing his lifetime earnings to $432,441.
City Zip is the sire of 18 stakes winners and has three additional added-money winners in 2009: Acting Zippy, Canadian Ballet, and Citizen. A grade I-winning son of Carson City, City Zip stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2009 fee was $12,500.ÑS.H.
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