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Hidden Expression Scores by Three in Colleen Stakes; Atticus Kristy wins My Frenchman on Turf at Monmouth

Saturday, August 8, 2009

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OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Hidden Expression overtook the tiring leaders to win the $65,000 Colleen Stakes, and Atticus Kristy made a big run through the stretch to capture the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

            In the Colleen, a five and a half-furlong prep for Monmouth’s $100,000 Sorority Stakes on Sept. 5, Hidden Expression turned out to be the 2-year-old filly with a future as she scored by three lengths in 1:04 3/5.

            The winner, trained by Todd Beattie and ridden by Eddie Castro, was off as third choice in the field of seven and returned $14.60, $6.60 and $4.40 across the board.

            Truth and Justice, the 2-1 second choice who set fast fractions only to fade the in the final eighth, held the place by a half-length and completed the $55.40 exacta, paying $3.80 and $3.20 to place and show. Southern Truth grabbed the show spot, returning $4.20, while Aegean, the 4-5 favorite, finished fourth.

            This was the second straight score for Hidden Expression, a bay daughter of Yonaguska who broke her maiden on the synthetic track at Presque Isle Downs last month.

            Truth and Justice and Aegean broke on top and battled for the lead through a quarter in :21 2/5 and a half-mile in :44 3/5. Aegean dropped back at the eighth pole, leaving Truth and Justice alone on the lead. But Hidden Expression, who had been tracking the leaders, made a big run through the stretch that carried her past the leader to a daylight score.

            “We’re real impressed with her,” said Beattie, who owns the filly in partnership with Common Wealth New Era. “She’s still making some mistakes, just trying to figure things out, but we’re excited about this filly. The Sorority is obviously the next logical spot for her.”

            “We got a nice trip behind the two horses that were dueling for the early lead,” Castro said. “They went pretty quick up front and when I called on her, she caught up to them pretty easily.”

            In the My Frenchman, run at “about” five and a half furlongs on the firm turf course, Atticus Kristy ran to his odds, winning like a 4-5 favorite should with Joe Bravo aboard.

            The 8-year-old son of Atticus, trained by Michael Pino, scored by an easy length, stopped the timer in 1:02 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10 across the board.

            Cooper County, who dueled with Hesa Big Star most of the way, held on for second by nearly a length over the fast-closing Cherokee Country, completing the $20.80 exacta. Cooper County paid $5 and $3.20, and Cherokee Country returned $3.80 to show.

            This was the first win in three starts at Monmouth for Atticus Kristy, who had finished second in the Wolf Hill Stakes in May, and third in the McSorley Stakes last month.