Trainer Charles “Scooter” Dickey has not been bashful about testing One Go All Go against the best turf competition available since he took over as the sturdy gelding's conditioner nine races ago.
So the presence of four horses trained by Chad Brown and two by Mike Maker – 1-2 in turf earnings nationally a year ago – in Saturday's Grade 1 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park doesn't faze Dickey after a half-century of training.
The $300,000 United Nations, at a mile and three-eighths on the grass, will go as the 11th race on a 13-race card that includes the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes, the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes and the Lady's Secret Stakes.
“He likes to run and he likes the competition,” said Dickey. “We've run against most of the horses in this field. When they beat him they have to flat out-run him. They have to run their race to beat him.”
A 6-year-old son of Fairbanks-See Ashleigh Run, One Go All Go came into Dickey's care when owner Rodney Paden purchased the horse for $62,000 at a dispersal sale at Keeneland for horses of racing age last fall. The horse has produced six times that in earnings since then.
Of the nine races Dickey has had One Go All Go for, eight have been graded stakes – three of them Grade 1 races.
His most recent effort was an 11th-place finish in the Grade 1 Manhattan at Belmont Park on June 9, but One Go All Go was beaten just 3¼ lengths that race. He also never made the early lead, which is his preferred running style.
“That wasn't his race that day,” said Dickey, who saw One Go All Go's streak of six straight races with a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 or higher snapped that day. “I don't know why. I haven't figured that out. It's probably my fault. But that race is not the way he runs.”
One Go All Go, who owns a 4-5-4 line from 26 career starts, has lifetime earnings of $713,538. Dickey is most proud of the fact that the horse has not been beaten more than 3¼ lengths in any of his past eight starts despite the rugged graded stakes competition.
One Go All Go's most recent victory was on April 21 in the Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland at a mile and a half. He went gate to wire in the 11-horse field.
“I want him to get out there and run like he does, and when he does that he is usually on the lead,” said Dickey. “If somebody goes speed crazy he doesn't have to be on the lead. Hooking him doesn't bother him at all. He's just a good, tough horse who enjoys competition.”
One Go All Go is bedded down in the barn of trainer Kelly Breen, who galloped horses for Dickey when he stated his career in racing.
Chris Landeros will have the mount for the ninth straight race.
Brown, meanwhile, has entered two-time Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes winner Money Multiplier, Silvewave, Kurilov and Funtastic. Maker, who has three entered Saturday in the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine, will send out Bigger Picture, who won the United Nations last year in course-record time, and Oscar Nominated.
Post time is 12:50 p.m.
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