From a Monmouth Park release
With a full field of 14 entered in Saturday’s Opening Day Decathlon Stakes, the betting public will certainly have their hands full in looking for a winner. To show just how competitive the six furlong dash is, oddsmaker Brad Thomas has named graded stakes winner Favorite Tale as the 5-1 favorite.
Looking to post an upset in the $75,000 stakes will be Saucy Don, who has five lifetime wins all coming here in Oceanport.
“We tried him on turf a few times down at Gulfstream the winter and he ran okay,” said Terri Pompay, who trains Saucy Don for the owner/breeder Patricia Generazio. “He loves Monmouth and he’s doing great. He’s training really well and he always shows up on this track so hopefully he’ll run well again.”
Saucy Don’s career began at Monmouth back in 2012 where he was twice a runner-up before breaking his maiden at third asking. He won a pair of races here in 2013, two more in 2014 and will be making his third start of 2015 in the six-furlong Decathlon, which goes as race 11 on the 12-race program.
Both of Saucy Don’s 2014 wins came with Abel Castellano Jr. in the irons as that journeyman gets the call on Saturday. The two will break from post six and have been installed at 30-1 on the wide open morning line.
Second choice on the line at 6-1 is the pair of Moments Notiz and A.P. Indian.
Conditioned by David Jacobson, Moments Notiz just missed last out at Aqueduct and sports a solid record of 19-8-5 from 39 lifetime starts. The 5-year-old gelding A.P. Indian has made seven career starts and has never been worse than second. He races for Green Lantern Stables LLC and is trained by Arnaud Delacour.