Red Bank Stakes 2013 at Monmouth Park

Dave Bond | OTB Writer
Updated: May 16, 2013 -- 1:45 PM ET

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes will come our way from Monmouth Park on the Jersey Shore this Saturday, May 18. Horses three years old and upward will be featured in this one mile turf race as they chase the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.

A large field of 12 including five graded stakes winner will line up in the Red Bank Stakes with on Main Track Only entry. It is race 11 on Monmouth's Saturday card with a post time of 6:00 PM. Here is a brief look at the credentials of all thirteen entries for this Grade 3 stakes.

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Za Approval - raced in stakes company for the first time in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes February 23 and finished fourth and followed that with a very nice win in the Grade 3 Appleton Stakes at this distance at Gulfstream March 30. He had won three of five starts coming into the Canadian Turf including an Allowance Optional Claiming score by a nose at Gulfstream over Joes Blazing Saddles January 5. He is the most accomplished entry and has fared the best against top competition of any of the starters and has to be the favorite Saturday.

Javerre - has 10 career starts and has placed in all - five wins, two seconds and three third place finishes. He had a win in the New Jersey Breeders Handicap in September and a nice win in the Grade 3 General George Handicap two back at Laurel Park. Last time out was an OK third in the minor Harrison E. Johnson Memorial at Laurel Park March 16. He tries turf for the first time but is expected to do well Saturday.

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Tune Me In - came out of nowhere and won the Grade 3 Oceanport on July 29 and followed that win another impressive score in this track in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger in September. He followed that with an OK third in the Grade 3 Knickerbocker Stakes in October, a fifth in the minor If Winter Comes Stakes and an ugly twelfth last time out back in December in the El Prado Stakes. He has shown form in the past - it would be no shock to see him come across the line first.

Finale - Todd Pletcher trained colt has raced against some tough competition. He won the 2011 Grade 3 Summer Stakes but hasn't been the same since. He is coming off a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream March 30 after a pair of seconds in similar races on the same track this year. He has 14 career starts with four wins, three seconds and a third place finish.

Bad Debt - multiple stakes winner last won November 10 in the minor Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap at Calder and has placed in four of seven starts since including a second in an Allowance last time out at Pimlico August 28 and a third in the Besilu Stables Turf Classic at Tampa Bay Downs April 6. He has a staggering 41 career starts with 13 wins, 10 seconds and nine third place finishes.

Hobbs - has won two of his last three starts ahead of the Red Bank including the Besilu Stables Turf Classic last time out at Tampa Bay Downs and an Allowance Optional Claiming February 2. He has a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming sandwiched in there as well. Hobbs has 13 career starts with five wins, four seconds and a third place finish but steps up in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday.

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Two Notch Road - has 11 career starts with three wins but hasn't fared all that well in graded stakes action. Last time out was a seventh in the Grade 3 Jamaica Handicap way back in October after a pair of fourths at Colonial Downs - including the Grade 2 Virginia Derby in July after arguably his best career result - a third in the Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup in June. He has been out of action since October.

Monument Hill - finished sixth in this race last year and then was forced out of action for seven months. he returned February 16 to a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream and followed that with an Allowance Optional Claiming score last time out also at Gulfstream March 30. He has six wins, seven seconds and five third place finishes in 21 career starts.

Mezzano - races in stakes company for the first time Saturday for trainer Alan Goldberg having won two and finished second in two of his last four starts. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Keeneland April 12 after a pair of second in Allowance Optional Claiming at Parx this past winter.

Admiral Perry - raced to an OK fourth on this track in the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes in July and has concentrated on Allowance Optional Claiming races since. He enters off a pair of second place finishes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Utley - won an Allowance at Keeneland April 14 after seven months away. Prior to the layoff was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Laurel Park and a pair of fifths in minor stakes action. He has five wins and a third place finish in 16 career starts.

Sleepless Knight - has finished third in two Allowance races this year and had a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming two back on March 3. His last graded stakes action came in November - a sixth in the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap at Calder. He has 26 career starts for trainer Kelly Breen with four wins, seven seconds and four third place finishes. He is a coupled entry along with...

Ruler On Ice - main track only entry won the 2011 Belmont Stakes and was the third in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs that year to go along with numerous seconds and thirds at multiple graded stakes events. In 2012 Ruler on Ice started four races with disappointing results - a eighth in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, a seventh in an Allowance Optional Claiming, a second in a similar race at Delaware Park on August 25 and a distant tenth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in September. After four months away he returned January 30 to a win in an Allowance Optional Claiming and went on to a fifth in the Grade 3 Excelsior and a fourth in an Allowance last time out.

2013 Red Bank Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 11 on Monmouth Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:00 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Sleepless Knight P. Cotto, Jr. K. Breen
1A Ruler On Ice (MTO) E. Trujillo K. Breen
2 Za Approval J. Bravo C. Clement
3 Two Notch Road S. Uske G. Thompson
4 Finale C. DeCarlo T. Pletcher
5 Tune Me In G. Saez B. Alexander
6 Javerre A. Arroyo C. Lynch
7 Bad Debt V. Santiago M. Trombetta
8 Monument Hill P. Lopez G. Weaver
9 Hobbs E. Trujillo K. Mongeon
10 Mezzano K. Carmouche A. Goldberg
11 Admiral Perry J. Espinoza C. McGaughey III
12 Utley J. Rose J. Sheppard

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