Chamberlain Bridge won the Turf Monster in 2009 and 2010 (shown).

Chamberlain Bridge won the Turf Monster in 2009 and 2010 (shown).

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Turf Monster Tops Lucrative Parx Program

The Smarty Jones Stakes and Turf Amazon Stakes also are on the Labor Day card.

Led by the grade III Turf Monster Handicap, Parx Racing in Pennsylvania will card three lucrative stakes worth a total of $850,000 on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

The $350,000 Turf Monster is a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs. The five-furlong race drew a field of 12.

Also on the card are the $200,000 Turf Amazon Handicap for filly and mares at five furlongs on the grass and the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds on the main dirt track.

The Turf Monster is led by 122-pound high weights and likely favorites Chamberlain Bridge and Regally Ready. Seven-year-old Chamberlain Bridge is the two-time defending winner of the event, and will be looking to earn a return spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, which he won last season at Churchill.

The gelded son of War Chant is looking to snap a three-race losing streak and will break from post 12 under Jamie Theriot. Bret Calhoun trains him for Carl R. Moore Management.

Vinery Racing’s Regally Ready is a neck away from being undefeated in his last five starts. The Steve Asmussen trainee was third as the 3-10 favorite in the My Frenchman Stakes Aug. 6 at Monmouth Park in his most recent start.

Earlier in the season Regally Ready won three in a row at Santa Anita Park, and two starts back won the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT)  in which he defeated Chamberlain Bridge by 4 1/2 lengths. Corey Nakatani has the mount once again.

The one mile and 70-yard Smarty Jones Stakes drew a field of 10 including several big names. Included in the field are Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) winner J J's Lucky Train; Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Joe Vann; Rush Now, who was runner-up in the West Virginia Derby (gr. III); two-time graded stakes winner Pants On Fire; and Scotus, winner of the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) in June.

The Smarty Jones is the local prep for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24.

$350,000 Turf Monster Stakes (gr. IIIT, Race 10, 4:32 p.m.), 3 & Up, 5 Furlongs (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Central City (FL) R Albarado 117 R W Werner
2. Varsity (KY) J Bravo 114 C Clement
3. Heros Reward (MD) J Castellano 115 D Capuano
4. Country Day (KY) S Bridgmohan 117 S Margolis
5. Perfect Officer (KY) K Carmouche 119 M V Pino
6. Regally Ready (KY) C S Nakatani 122 S M Asmussen
7. Awakino Cat (KY) A Garcia 117 L Rice
8. Yield Bogey (KY) C C Lopez 116 P J Kelly
9. Ben's Cat (MD) J Rose 119 K T Leatherbury
10. Streakin' Mohican (FL) E Trujillo 115 D F O'Neill
11. Chamberlain Bridge (KY) J Theriot 122 W B Calhoun
12. Cardashi (ON) F Pennington 116 T C Kreiser