Four high-quality turf performers will get together in the $750,000 United Nations Handicap today at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
English Channel, a winner of seven of 12 on grass, Cacique and Relaxed Gesture, who finished one-two in the Manhattan Handicap on June 10 at Belmont Park and Better Talk Now, the winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf, head a field of seven in the Grade I at 1 3/8 miles. Owned by Bushwood Racing Partners and trained by Graham Motion, Better Talk Now, a 7-year-old Talkin Man gelding, is the United Nations' defending champion. He won by three-quarters of a length a year ago as the 2-1 favorite. Regular rider Ramon Dominguez has the call on Better Talk Now, who enters off a victory in the Dixie, a Grade II, on May 20 at Pimlico.
The three other entrants in the United Nations, part of a $100,000 guaranteed pick four, are Silverfoot, second in the race in 2005, Shake The Bank and Ramazutti.
Race of the day: Toupie, who finished next to last in the CashCall Mile a week ago, will try for the fourth time to earn her first U.S. win in the $65,000 Redondo Beach at Hollywood Park. Tyler Baze will ride the 4-year-old Intikhab filly for owner Javier Gispert and trainer Beau Greely in the one mile turf race that is the ninth on the card. The Redondo Beach, part of a pick six with a guaranteed pool of $500,000, drew eight other fillies and mares.