Monday, August 27, 2012
CLOSING RANGE SPARKLES IN TWIN LIGHTS STAKES
Oceanport, N.J. – St. George Farm Racing’s Closing Range dug in through the lane and prevailed in a stretch duel with Zucchini Flower to capture the $60,000 Twin Lights Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park by a nose.
Trained by Phil Oliver, Closing Range set the pace with Zucchini Flower close behind as she covered the mile and one eighth over firm turf in 1:49.84. The winner returned $11.40, $5.40 and $2.60 and topped the $55.40 exacta. Zucchini Flower paid $5.40 and $2.20 and finished one-half length in front of Dancing Solo, the 1-2 favorite in the field of six 3-year-old fillies, who paid $2.10 to show.
The homebred daughter of After Market out of the Caerleon mare Subeen became a first time stakes winner as she improved her record to 3-1-0 from 4 starts, good for earnings of $82,161.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Thursday, Aug. 30 – gates open at 2:30 p.m., first post 4 p.m. for twilight racing. In addition, Monmouth will race Friday through Monday over the Labor Day holiday weekend, with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. and first post at 12:45 p.m.
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