The anticipation for The Green Monkey’s second career start was a little less this time, however the result was the same, as the $16-million colt turned in another disappointing performance at Belmont Park Oct. 13, fizzling out in the stretch to finish a well-beaten fourth in a field of seven maidens.
Purchased by Michael Tabor for a world record-setting price last year, The Green Monkey was bumped slightly, but broke alertly from the gate, in contrast to his slow debut start Sept. 15, in which he finished third. Under jockey John Velazquez, the 3-year-old Forestry colt led the field through a half-mile, setting fractions of :22.89 and :45.97 while sitting tightly on the rail.
But as the field straightened away, The Green Monkey could not sustain his pace, giving way to a pair of rivals who went by on the outside. Eventually, it was 11-1 longshot Giant Deputy who made a late surge along the rail, taking the event by 3¼ lengths over Joppa Flat, who finished two lengths ahead of Holla Bend.
The final time for seven furlongs was 1:21.20.
Out of Unbridled mare Magical Masquerade, The Green Monkey went off as the even-money favorite. It was the second start for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt, whose much anticipated career was delayed by a pulled gluteal muscle suffered last year.