Prudhoe Bay Proves Best in Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Rustlewood Farm’s Prudhoe Bay battled early with Debt Ceiling before dispensing of that rival and holding off the charge of Favorite Tale to take the $100,000, Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday afternoon by nearly a length.

With Paco Lopez aboard for the ride, Prudhoe Bay went the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:09 flat and paid $12.40, $4.80 and $3.  Favorite Tale completed the $42 exacta and paid $3.20 and $2.20.  It was another length and a half back to Glacken Too, who paid $3.40 to show in the field of six 3-year-old colts and geldings.

“I thought he ran fantastic, but that doesn’t surprise me,” said winning trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.  “He’s really been training great.  I wasn’t really thrilled with the post, the rail is tough, but Paco (jockey Lopez) handled it great and did what he needed to do today.”

A son of Songandaprayer from the Lion Heart mare Cameron Crazies, Prudhoe Bay has won four of nine lifetime starts, good for earnings of $191,535.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Aug. 17 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.  Sunday’s card is highlighted by the Grade 3, $150,000 Iselin Stakes and Day Two of the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off.