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Red Lodge Rolls to Victory In Colleen Stakes

August 06, 2016


Oceanport, N.J. – From Royal Ascot to beautiful Oceanport, New Jersey, Hat Creek Racing and Head of Plains’ Red Lodge popped out of the gate first and never looked back, posting an impressive 3 ½ length victory in Saturday’s $60,000 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Trained by Wesley Ward, Red Lodge went the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:02.98 and returned $3, $2.10 and $2.10 as the odds-on favorite in the field of five 2-year-old fillies.Iron Mizz rallied to complete the $5.40 exacta and paid $2.40 and $2.10.It was another length and a half back to Harlands Thunder, who returned $2.10 to show.

“She is a very nice filly,” said winning rider Paco Lopez.“She had a great break and went to the lead.I hit her one time going around the turn and I knew I had a lot of horse left.”

A daughter of Midshipman from the Aldebaran mare Star Silver, Red Lodge was making her first start since the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 16.She has now won two of her four starts, good for earnings of $81,000.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Aug. 7 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.