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.
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.
really game,” said DeCarlo. “I was
sitting on the go whole time. We wanted to let her run out of there because on
paper she looked like the fastest horse. She settled into a nice stride and was
pretty much cruising. In the stretch, Zucchini Flower might have stuck her head
in front, but my filly never quit and fought right back.”
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.
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.