Bongo Johnny is heading for Monmouth Park to see his favorite horse, Big Brown, this Saturday, but this time he's not buying any souvenier tickets.
"They're giving away shirts!" Johnny exclaimed over a mug of Palookajuice at Smith's bar in Brooklyn. "Big Brown long sleeve shirts."
Monmouth Park landed a coup this summer by getting Big Brown to run there in the Haskell. Saturday's race was put together specifically for Big Brown, whose owners wanted him to run on the grass as his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic, where he may not (or maybe may) meet up with the reigning Breeders' Cup Classic champion, Curlin.
The inaugural running of the Monmouth Stakes at 1-1/8 miles on the turf should be easy picking for the Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner.
But go for the shirt, not the win bet.