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Asmussen-Trained Mighty Mischief, Moonlite Strike Head Field For Sunday’s $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes

August 13, 2021

six horses kicking up dirt

Mighty Mischief, who won the Grade 3 Chick Lang at Pimlico two starts back, and Moonlite Strike, third in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, head a field of seven 3-year-olds for Sunday’s $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Mighty Mischief has done little wrong in his five-race career with three wins and two seconds and earnings of $275,200 – all accomplished at the six-furlong distance of the Jersey Shore Stakes. The homebred son of Into Mischief was unraced as a 2-year-old.

Nik Juarez has the mount.

Moonlite Strike, trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr., will be shortening up to six furlongs for the first time in his eight-race career. The son of Liam’s Map has won three of his eight lifetime starts.

The field includes the Ron Moquett-trained speedster Upstriker, a homebred son of Upstart coming off a two-month layoff.

He was second in his most recent start, a $100,000 optional claimer at seven furlongs at Churchill Downs on June 19. He posted an impressive six-length win at Oaklawn on May 1 in a $100,000 optional claimer at six furlongs.

Rounding out the field are the Wesley Ward-trained Fire Sword, Real Talk, American Gentleman and Indian Lake.

The 28th running of the Jersey Shore Stakes is carded as the 10th race on Sunday’s 11-race program. First race post time is 12:15 p.m.

Complementing Sunday’s live racing is the second day of the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival, featuring 17 food trucks.

Admission and parking are free.