OCEANPORT, N.J. * Eldon Farm Racing Stable’s Dyna’s Lassie kept her 2008 record a perfect two-for-two in winning the $70,000 Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
In the day’s other stakes event, Gerald Sleeter’s Who’s the Cowboy got back to his winning ways at Monmouth Park, taking the $60,000 Colts Neck Handicap, the 6-year-old gelding’s first win in nearly two years.
Dyna’s Lassie, a 4-year-old filly by Dynaformer from the Thunder Gulch mare Tortuga Lady, covered the mile and a sixteenth over “good” turf in 1:42 3/5 and returned $19.80, $9.40 and $6.80. Rasta Farian, who finished a half-length back in second, rallied up the inside to complete a $157.60 exacta and paid $8.20 and $5. It was another length and a quarter back to Bachata, the favorite, who returned $3.40 to show in the field of 12 fillies and mares.
Trained by Doug Fout, Dyna’s Lassie improved her lifetime mark to 4-3-0 from seven starts. Sunday’s win increased her lifetime earnings to $113,190. Her connections indicated that her next start will be the Grade 3 $150,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes here at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3 * Haskell Day.
Ridden by Stewart Elliott, Who’s the Cowboy covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:09 4/5 and returned $5.80, $3.40 and $2.40 as the second choice in the field of seven New Jersey-bred colts and geldings. It was three-quarters of a length back to Bythebeautifulsea who completed a $28 exacta and paid $4.60 to place and $2.40 to show. Hey Chub, sent off the 8-5 choice, was another head back in third, good for a $2.20 show mutuel.
“We’re just happy to get the win,” said Kevin Sleeter, who conditions the horse for his father. “It’s good to see him back in the winner’s circle. He ran his race today, and it all worked out.”
Who’s the Cowboy was last seen in the Monmouth winner’s circle in the Friendly Lover Handicap on Sept. 16, 2006. The homebred son of Intensity from the Better Arbitor mare Image’s Image has now banked $714,360 for his connections.
Live racing returns to Monmouth Park on Wednesday, July 9 * first post 12:50 p.m.