Hat Creek Racing’s Sweet Emma Rose took command right from
the start and held on by a diminishing neck to capture the $60,000 Crank It Up
Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday as jockey Paco Lopez booted home a record-tying
seven winners, equaling the mark he set just three weeks ago.
Lezcano in the irons, Sweet Emma Rose covered the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf
in 1:03 flat and paid $13.80, $6.40 and $4.80.
Rogue Lady completed the $246 exacta and paid $16.20 and $7.80. It was another head back to Red Minx, who
paid $4 to show. “The race was very tough,”
said winning rider Abel Lezcano. “My
horse went to the front and within a 1/16th was clearly in
front. In the stretch she had enough to
3-year-old filly by City Zip from the Deputy Minister mare Miss Moneypenny,
Sweet Emma Rose sports a record of 3-2-0 from seven starts, good for earnings
28-year-old native of Veracruz,
off his record setting day by piloting odds-on favorite Big Dealer ($3.40) in
the second. He then won the third race
atop Exclusive Sarah ($3), the fourth with Souper Colossal ($5), the sixth with
Peg’s Olympic Zoie ($9.60), the seventh with Long Blooming Rose ($6.60), the eighth
with Logan Street ($3.60) and the 11th atop Mary N’ Eileen ($6.20).
previous record of seven wins was set by Lopez just three weeks ago on May
17. Prior to that the record of six wins
on a card was set by Walter Blum on June 9, 1961 and equaled by Chris Antley
(July 30, 1984), Julie Krone (Aug. 19, 1987), Joe Bravo (Aug. 31, 1994, May 18,
2002, Sept. 18, 2005 and Sept. 4, 2006), Jose Lezcano (June 22, 2008) and Eddie
Castro (June 21, 2009).
continues at Monmouth on Sunday, June 8 – gates open 10 a.m., first post 12:50
p.m. as the racetrack welcomes the 44th annual Irish Festival.