Sunday, September 07, 2008
SHOPTON LANE GOES ALL THE WAY IN FORMAL GOLD STAKES
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Malih Al Basti Racing Stable’s Shopton Lane took control out of the gate and never looked back, taking the $70,000 Formal Gold Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, covering the mile and a sixteenth over the sloppy main track in 1:43 4/5.
Trained by Bruce Levine, the meet’s top conditioner, Shopton Lane returned $2.80 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of four older horses. It was three lengths back to Indy Wind, who rallied up the inside to complete a $7.80 exacta and paid $2.40 to place. Rikman was third with Sinners N Saints fourth. There was no show wagering on the Formal Gold.
Saturday’s win marked the third in five starts this year for Shopton Lane, a 4-year-old colt by Quiet American from the Phone Trick mare Lightfoot Lane.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Sept. 7 * first post 12:50 p.m. The 2008 racing season runs through Sept. 28.
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