Monmouth Park hosts one of the summer’s biggest turf races, the Grade I United Nations Stakes, this Saturday. A field of nine will go 1 3/8-miles in pursuit of a $300,000 purse. The United Nations is the last of 11 races on the day, and estimated post time is 5:57 p.m. EST. Don’t forget to partake in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
#3 BIGGER PICTURE (4-1) lures Joe Bravo for his second attempt at the United Nations. His first try occurred last year and it didn’t go so well; he was 61-1 for a reason. However, he’s developed into a much better horse since then, winning two graded stakes. The 1 3/8-miles distance can be tricky but BIGGER PICTURE has done well at it, winning twice in four attempts. He should get an ideal stalking trip just behind #1 BEACH PATROL and #2 ITSINTHEPOST, both of whom break to his inside.
BEACH PATROL (5-2, morning-line favorite) will likely be favored for Chad Brown despite his proclivity to settle for minor awards. Since winning the Grade I Secretariat last summer he’s run second four times and placed fourth in his latest outing. However, he’s got a top-notch rider in Florent Geroux, who will get everything he can out of BEACH PATROL. The distance doesn’t figure to aid BEACH PATROL but if he’s left unchecked early he’ll be tough to deal with late.
#6 LIAM THE CHARMER (8-1) and #8 OSCAR NOMINATED (5-1) are solid candidates for minor spoils. LIAM THE CHARMER races outside California for the first time and Victor Espinoza sees fit to ship in with him. He enters off a lifetime-best in the 1 1/4-mile Whittingham, in which he was flying late for fourth.
OSCAR NOMINATED has hit the board in five straight despite the occasional nightmarish trip. A smooth journey under Kendrick Carmouche would put him in the exacta mix.
The play: $2 exacta box 1/3, $2 exacta 3/1,6,8 ($10)
DFJ analysis: Monmouth mainstays Paco Lopez and Joe Bravo look like good buys on Saturday. Lopez has nine mounts on the card, all but two at 7-2 or below in odds. He does have a mount in the United Nations in #7 CAN’THELPBELIEVING, but he’s an outsider at 8-1.
Bravo takes just three mounts on Saturday but they are quality opportunities. Fineglas (4-1) is his first call in Race 8, followed by Boss Man (3-1) in Race 10. BIGGER PICTURE can end Bravo’s day with a bang in the United Nations.
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