OCEANPORT, N.J. – Richard Santulli’s Stormy Dixie pushed
past pacesetter Marquet Madness to post a neck win in the $60,000 Politely
Stakes, stepping the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:39.74, a new
Trained by Alan
Goldberg, Stormy Dixie returned $12, $6.80 and 4.60 across the board. Nefertiti rallied to complete the $271.40
exacta and paid $19.40 and $12.40.
Marquet Madness, who set quick early fractions, was nearly a length back
in third, good for an $11.60 show mutuel.
“They outran us pretty
quickly and I just wanted to take a hold of her and save as much ground as
possible,” said winning jockey Chuck C. Lopez.
“In the stretch, I knew I was going to catch them, I just didn’t want to
run out of racetrack.”
The Politely win was the
second this season and fourth lifetime for Stormy Dixie, a 5-year-old mare by
Stormy Atlantic from the Wild Event mare Dixieland Event. She has now earned $197,540 for her
The previous course
record for a mile and a sixteenth at Monmouth with the portable rail set out 36
feet was established by My Princess Jess on June 28, 2008, when that 3-year-old
filly went 1:39.81.
Live racing continues at
Monmouth Park next Saturday, Sept. 24. Gates open 11:30 a.m. with first post set at
12:50 p.m. As always, the racetrack is
open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the country and around the