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Lift Up Surges Late To Win $75,000 Miss Liberty Stakes

June 09, 2018


– Lift Up shook loose from behind a wall of three horses in mid-stretch and powered to 1¼-length victory in the featured $75,000 Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday to improve to 5-for-5 on the turf. 

The homebred 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper-Dynamic Cat earned her first stakes victory by surging past longshot Viva Vegas, who appeared to shake loose and looked to be on her way to an upset victory. 

“She’s a cagey little horse,” said winning jockey Mario Pino. “I know her because I rode her last time. She has a really good run, an eighth of a mile that is really quick. As long as I could keep her covered up I was fine, but I didn’t want to be that covered up. In the end it worked out fine.” 

Trained by Michael Dickinson, Lift Up now has a 5-2-1 line from nine career starts and is unbeaten in both of her starts this year. 

She covered the mile and a sixteenth over a firm turf course in 1:41.09. 

It was another three-quarters of a length back to Party Boat in third. 

“We keep giving her more and more to see how good she is,” said Dickinson. “She’s a late developer and she’s going to be even better. We haven’t seen the best of her yet. She’s a stayer but she can turn it on. That’s a lethal combination.” 

Owned by George Strawbridge Jr.’s Augustin Stable, Lift Up returned $8.20 to win in the field of eight fillies. The exacta with Viva Vegas paid $98.20. 

Lift Up lagged behind the field early and was still fourth in mid stretch when Viva Vegas looked to make a winning move before eventually being collared and passed. 

Live racing resumes at Monmouth Park with an 11-race card on Sunday. Post time is 12:50 p.m.