Archive for July 2012

Paco Wins Feature on Winnie Dixie

Winnie Dixie_1_300Oceanport, N.J. – Mrs. Fitriani Hay’s Winnie Dixie pressed the pace, took over coming out of the far turn and then drew off through the lane to win the $46,000 allowance optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon by 1 1/2 lengths.

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Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Winnie Dixie covered the six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:11 and returned $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite. Daddy’s Honor was second best, completing the $9.40 exacta and paying $4 to place and $2.60 to show. It was another 6 ½ lengths back to Ima Jersey Girl, who paid $2.20 to show.

“I had to gallop around the other horses in the slop. My filly is little and she didn’t like it (the slop),” said winning jockey Paco Lopez. “At the quarter-pole, I was waiting and waiting and then I pushed her and she responded.”

Friday’s win was the third straight and fourth in eight career starts for Winnie Dixie, a 4-year-old daughter of Dixie Union and the Allen’s Prospect mare Icy Demeanor.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturday, July 21 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.

Monmouth Park: Morrow Cove pulls away in Serena’s Song Stakes


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Todd Pletcher scratched Morrow Cove from the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks on Saturday, avoiding a showdown with Grace Hall.

Morrow Cove pulls away to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Serena’s Song Stakes.

Good call.

Pletcher employed the backup plan, running Morrow Cove instead in the $75,000 Serena’s Song Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Monmouth Park.

She came through with a dominant victory, her first in a stakes.

Morrow Cove and jockey Paco Lopez pressed the pace set by Minesave. When Ageless ranged up three wide on the final turn, Lopez turned his filly loose.

It was no contest from there.

Morrow Cove pulled away effortlessly, opening up daylight by midstretch. Moment in Dixie, the 3-5 favorite and distant trailer after stumbling at the break, made up a ton of ground to get second, 4 3/4 lengths behind the winner.

Morrow Cove paid $9.80 to win as the second choice.

The time was 1:43.69 for the one mile and 70 yards.

The win was the third on the card for Lopez.

“She came with her run when I called on her,” Lopez said. “She’s a talented filly and she kicked away pretty easily. She had plenty left at the end.”

Ainsley was third, followed by Street Crew, Ageless, Salad Girl, and Minesave.

The Serena’s Song is the prep for the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on Aug. 11.

Carole’s Love Game Winner In Friday Feature

Carole's LoveOceanport, N.J. – See You Stable’s Carole’s Love set the pace and then dug in down the stretch to win the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday afternoon by a head.

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Trained by Dale Capuano, Carole’s Love covered five furlongs over a firm turf course in :55 1/5 and returned $4.80, $2.60 and $2.10. The fast-closing Sounds of the City had to settle for second, completing the $14.60 exacta and paying $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show. It was another length and a half back to Must Be Love, who paid $3 to show.


“I let her get into position,” said wining jockey Paco Lopez. “Pablo Fragoso (the rider of Natalie’s Goal) pushed me but I waited and waited because I know she’s a good filly. I waited until the sixteenth pole and then let her go, and my filly went on without stopping.”

Friday’s win was the third in 10 career starts and the second in four outings this season for Carole’s Love, a 4-year-old daughter of Not For Love and the Lucky Lionel mare Crafty Brat.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturday, July 7 with the Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes and the Grade 2 $200,000 Monmouth Cup on the card– gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.

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