Icy Atlantic looks to end his five-race winless streak by repeating in the Red Bank Stakes.

Icy Atlantic looks to end his five-race winless streak by repeating in the Red Bank Stakes.


Icy Atlantic Shoots For Red Bank Repeat

Icy Atlantic hasn't won since taking the 2007 Red Bank Stakes in record time.

Icy Atlantic, who has not been to the winner’s circle since setting the course record while capturing the 2007 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT), looks to end his five-race winless streak by repeating in the $150,000 turf event Aug. 30 at Monmouth Park.

A field of seven has been entered for the one-mile trek for 3-year-olds and up. Shopton Lane and Brilliant Son will go only if weather moves it to the main track.

Among the other top contenders are locally-based Hotstufanthensome, who has won six times on the Monmouth grass and enters off a narrow third-place loss to Silver Tree in the Aug. 3 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT). Giant Wrecker, a neck back in second during that three-way Oceanport photo, also joins the field.

Owned by James Scatuorchio and trained by Todd Pletcher, 7-year-old Icy Atlantic is no stranger to the racetrack. The Stormy Atlantic  horse has gone to post 41 times in his career, recording a 7-10-3 mark with earnings of more than $800,000. Ninth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I), he is 0-for-3 this season, with his best finish in the May 24 Elkwood Stakes at Monmouth, where he finished third by 1 1/2 lengths in his last start.

Icy Atlantic, who won last year’s Red Bank by a neck under Joe Bravo, has won two of six lifetime starts on the Monmouth grass. He won the Jersey Derby (gr. IIIT) as a 3-year-old. Bravo will ride once more.

Hotstufanthensome was claimed for $62,5000 by trainer Terri Pompay for Main Street Stable’s in January. Since then the 8-year-old Awesome Again  gelding was a well-beaten fifth in the Elkwood, won by a head in a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer July 3 at Monmouth and stalked the pace but came up just short in the Oceanport.

Hotstufanthensome’s biggest win came in the 2005 Cliff Hanger (gr. IIIT) at Meadowlands. He also scored in the 2006 Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream while setting an 11-furlong course record. Overall, he is 11-9-2 from 37 starts.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Pompay. “He’s such a neat old horse. He’s such a gritty horse. He’s not big, and he’s not much to look at, but he’s tough as they come. After he got beat in the Oceanport, he was mad. He was acting up when he came back from the spit box, like he knew he just got beat. He’s doing very well now. He’s working good and he’s ready to go.”

Elvis Trujillo will get the mount.

Edward Evans’ Giant Wrecker led nearly every step in the Oceanport before being collared in the final strides. The 6-year-old Tony Dutrow trainee turned in his best effort in quite a while that time, as he has not won since taking the Canadian Turf Handicap (Can-IIIT) in February 2007 – a span of 10 starts. Based out of Delaware, Giant Wrecker has had plenty of experience at Monmouth too, as he has posted a 3-1-0 record from five starts. Eddie Castro will be in the irons.

Also worthy of consideration is Eldon Farm’s Wheels Up At Noon, who comes into the Red Bank sporting a three-race win streak. The 4-year-old Outflanker gelding won the July 13 Caesar Rodney Stakes at Delaware by 2 1/4 lengths in his most recent effort.

$150,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT, Race 9, 4:52 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
MTO Shopton Lane (FL), 116, Jose Lezcano
2. John's Pic (NJ), 116, Mario Madrid
MTO Brilliant Son (KY), 123, Joe Bravo
4. Fagedaboudit Sal (NJ), 118, Pablo Fragoso
5. Buffalo Man (ON), 116, Carlos H. Marquez, Jr.
6. Icy Atlantic (FL), 116, Joe Bravo
7. Hotstufanthensome (KY), 116, Elvis Trujillo
8. Wheels Up At Noon (FL), 118, Eddie Castro
9. Giant Wrecker (KY), 116, Jose Lezcano