Exoitcs Plays for the 2023 Turf Monster Stakes
An overflow field of 15 has been entered for Saturday’s $250,000 Turf Monster S. (G3) at Parx Racing. The competitive dash at five furlongs on the lawn attracted numerous viable win contenders in a deep and talented field.
Turf Monster Exotics
Christophe Clement’s #4 Roses for Debra (9-5) is surely one to have on all tickets with Irad Ortiz, Jr., in the silks. The superb daughter of Liam’s Map will face the boys in the heat, but she will be formidable, nonetheless. The gray four-year-old has dominated each of the four fields she has faced on the green in her lifetime, led by stylish tallies in the Caress S. (G3) and Smart and Fancy S. at Saratoga as of late. This Keystone State-bred will track the pace in the early going before putting in her fine closing kick.
#3 Smooth B (8-1), one of two in the field for conditioner Butch Reid, finished 3 1/2 lengths back in the tilt in 2022 and I like his chances to hit the board at a price this campaign. The bay eight-year-old has never won on the lawn, but he had a nice prep for this heat when a close third in the stakes ranks on the course, and the son of Weigelia could sit a fine trip from off of a contested pace to the top of the lane, as well. Mychel Sanchez retains the mount.
#6 Just Jeremy (8-1) ran a good one in the Parx Dash most recently and has exotics appeal for William Hogan, Jr. This four-year-old son of Bustin Stones zipped a nice three furlongs on the main oval in advance of Saturday and offers good value with Franklin Gonzalez in the stirrups. The bay will be forwardly placed from the opening bell.
#9 Boat’s A Rockin (12-1) sports a 22-10-4-4 mark on the turf in his career and has to be included at a nice price. The Brandon Kulp trainee was a fine second in the dash last season and could peak while making his third off the shelf with Tyler Conner taking the reins. The Red Rocks gelding will sit a good trip just outside the other pace in the field.