Tuesday, May 26, 2009
MAREN’S MEADOW GAME WINNER OF MONMOUTH BEACH STAKES
Oceanport, N.J. * Maren’s Meadow returned to Monmouth Park to win the $70,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes in front-running fashion and Sleepless Knight made a big move around the turn to capture the $65,000 Lamplighter Stakes before a crowd of 11,565 at Monmouth Park on Memorial Day.
Ridden by Justin Shepherd, Maren’s Meadow returned $7.40, $4.60, and $3.20 and topped a $35.40 exacta. All Night Labor, who tried the winner in the lane, settled for second, a head behind, and paid $4.80 and $2.80. You Asked rallied for third, a length and half back, and returned $5 to show.
After going the opening quarter in :23 and the half in :46 3/5, Maren’s Meadow hit the six furlong mark in 1:10 4/5 before stopping the timer in 1:40 2/5. Last season the daughter of Meadowlake captured the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. Monday’s stakes win moved her lifetime earnings to $353,725 for owner River Ridge Ranch.
Trained by Kelly John Breen, Sleepless Knight covered the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:41 1/5 and returned $11.40, $5.20 and $3 in the Lamplighter. It was a length and a half back to Tamborim, who paid $4 and $2.80, and completed a $59.20 exacta. Sal the Barber was a nose farther back, good for a $3.60 show mutuel.
“Wow, this is a nice colt,” said winning jockey Joe Bravo. “The first time I rode him I was thinking Jersey Derby (at Monmouth on Aug. 2), and he’s really developing into the type of colt that can handle it. He’s growing into a professional and is showing his maturity.”
A 3-year-old colt by War Chant from the Cherokee Run mare Dream About, Sleepless Knight increased his record to 2-1-0 from three starts and has now banked $66,650 for owners George and Lori Hall.
Live racing returns to Monmouth Park on Friday, May 29 * first post 12:50 p.m. As always, the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcast racing from across the country and around the globe.
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