RED BANK S. | PURSE: $100,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP | GRADE 3 | ONE-MILE (TURF)
The Grade 3, $101,000 Red Bank returned to the Monmouth Park stakes schedule on Wednesday after a one-year hiatus, and right there to pick up where he left off was the eight-year-old gelding Get Serious, who had won the two previous renewals of the one-mile grass race in 2010 in 2009.
Under pressure from a determined El Commodore for most of the race, Get Serious finally put that rival away in the final furlong to win by a half-length. Under Pablo Fragoso, Get Serious set splits of :23 1/5, :46 3/5, 1:09 and completed the trip on firm ground in 1:32 3/5. He returned $12.40, $7.20 and $4 at odds of 5-1.
El Commodore, the 12-1 outsider in a field of six, finished 1 1/4 lengths clear of Queen'splatekitten, who surged late to pass 2-1 favorite Lubash for third. Yummy With Butter and Monument Hill completed the order of finish, while Boots Ahead and Hermosillo were raceday withdrawals.
Get Serious won five stakes at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands over the course of 2008-09, but enjoyed a breakout year in 2010 when he won four of five starts, including the Grade 3 Monmouth, Grade 3 Oceanport and the Red Bank. However, the New York-bred had been winless in six starts dating back to the latter race, which was run on September 5 that year.
Unplaced in all four starts in 2011, Get Serious returned to run sixth in the Elkwood in his May 19 season debut and was most recently a solid third in the 2012 renewal of the Grade 2 Monmouth on June 10. His record now stands at 37-14-2-3, $1,098,091.
Bred by Morgan's Ford Farm, the son of City Zip was produced by the Java Gold mare Java Gal, who also produced the stakes-placed Java Warrior. Java Gal is a half-sister to German champion Allez Milord, who was also a Grade 1 winner in the U.S. This is also the extended family of Grade 1 winner Royal Ski, while another branch of this female line produced English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky II.
Get Serious is owned by James Dinan and Phantom House Farm, and is trained by John Forbes.