The $150,000 Grade III Monmouth Stakes run at a mile, and an eighth on turf is the last of 11 races on Saturday’s card at Monmouth Park. It’s open to horses three years old and up with ten entries expected to break from the starting gate at about 5:30 pm EDT, with the four favorites bunched in the middle of the field.
Betting Preview: Serve the King
This five-year-old horse is making just his seventh career start and the first since a runner-up finish in last year’s Monmouth Stakes, which was run on October 10th, Serve the King’s graded stakes race debut. He was able to recover from a poor start to work his way through the field to close within a head of winner Almanaar.
Serve the King has a record of 3-1-1 in six outings and has earned $97,680. He’ll start from the fifth post position and is the slight morning line favorite at 3/1 odds.
Betting Preview: Devamani
The French-bred seven-year-old took six tries to break his maiden in his home country and raced in the United States for the first time at Keeneland on April 6, 2018, as a four-year-old where he was a runner up in an allowance race. Devamani’s last outing resulted in a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park on May 1st after a six-month layoff following a victory in the Grade II Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont on October 18th.
His career mark is 5-8-5 in 26 starts with earnings of $413,239. Devamani drew the fourth starting spot and his morning line odds are 7/2.
Betting Preview: Tribhuvan
Tribhuvan is another French entry, with the five-year-old gelding making his fifth start in the United States following a victory in the Fort Marcy Stakes, going ten months without a start after a win in an allowance race at Belmont on July 4th. It took the persistent horse twelve tries to break his maiden as a three-year-old, finally finding success in September of 2019.
He’s earned $221,154 in 17 races with a record of 4-2-3. Tribhuvan will start from the sixth post position and has odds of 7/2 in the morning line.
Betting Preview: Winters Back
The lightly raced four-year-old colt didn’t break his maiden until his third try at Aqueduct on November 7th and is coming off an allowance optional claiming win at the same track on April 9th. Winters Back is making his second graded stakes start after a fourth-place finish in the Grade III Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park on February 27th.
His overall record is 3-2-0 in seven races, and has earned $168,170. Winters Back starts from post position three and his morning line odds are 4/1.
Free Betting Pick
There isn’t a lot of quality to choose from in the Monmouth Stakes, but Winters Back is worth a serious look.
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