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Goldwood Becomes First Three-Time Stakes Winner At Monmouth Park Meet By Capturing Incredible Revenge Stakes

August 10, 2019

Trainer Jorge Duarte, Jr. summed up the remarkable meet that Goldwood has had this summer in one sentence.

“She’s the queen of Monmouth Park,” he said as he headed to the winner’s circle yet again to be re-united with his 5-year-old mare.

Pressed early but showing her class and grit, Goldwood became the first three-time stakes winner at the Monmouth Park meet by holding on for a half-length victory over Auldwood Lane on Saturday in the $75,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes.

The turf sprint specialist adds the Incredible Revenge to a stakes list at Monmouth this year that includes victories in the Politely Stakes and the Unbridled Elaine Stakes.

“She’s on the top of her game right now,” said jockey Jose Ferrer, who has been aboard for all three stakes victories. “Just unbelievable. She’s in super form. Even on this (good) turf course, she was tough. She likes it firm but she ran right through it today.”

The 7-5 favorite in the field of eight fillies and mares three years old and up, Goldwood covered the “about” 5½ furlongs over a turf course listed as “good” in 1:04.06.

She is now 7-for-16 lifetime (with two seconds and two thirds), all sprinting on the turf, and she is 3-for-4 both this year and at Monmouth Park.

“She has a lot of confidence right now,” said Duarte. “She’s putting everything together. So far, knock on wood, she is sound so we’ve been able to make every race we wanted to with her. The Monmouth Park stakes program has been great for her too.”

Pressed early by longshot Tillie’s Lily, Goldwood held her ground along the rail and then braced for the onslaught coming out of the final turn. Auldwood Lane, able to track closely throughout, could not catch the speedy daughter of Medaglia d’Oro-Crimson Maple by Rahy when asked to, however. Fear No Evil closed to get third, a neck short of Auldwood Lane.

“I held my position going through the back side when (Tillie’s Lily) was pressing us. I didn’t want to open up too early,” said Ferrer. “So I held my ground on the fence, thinking on the turn I would open up with her. She didn’t stop either. She just kept digging in. I’m blessed to ride a horse like this.”

Duarte said he would mull over his options for the Colts Neck Stable-owned star, with the Safely Kept Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sept. 1 a possibility. But he also feels Goldwood deserves a chance to try graded stakes company.

“I would say right now we’re tempted to take a shot with her (in a graded stakes),” he said. “We’re proud of her. She’s the queen of the barn right now. You can’t ask for anything more than winning three stakes in a row here the way she has.”