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Mrs. E. Paul Robsham’s Discreetly Mine saved ground through the first half-mile before angling out at the quarter pole and running down Out of Respect to capture the $200,000 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Approximately 28 minutes later, Maram, winner of the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, wore down her rivals to capture the $100,000 Miss Liberty Stakes.

Discreetly Mine, who earlier this year finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby, returned $4.80, $3.20 and $2.20 across the board as the 7-5 choice in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.


The Todd Pletcher-trainee stepped the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:09.71. It was a length and a quarter back to Out of Respect, who completed the $33.60 exacta and paid $8.60 to place and $3.60 to show. Safe Trip was another length back in third, good for a $2.40 show mutuel.

“The only thing I wanted to make sure of was that I wasn’t head-to-head for the lead,” said winning jockey John Velazquez. “He kind of got squeezed coming out of there in the first four or five jumps and I had to encourage him a little bit to make sure he wasn’t too far back. Once I pulled him out around the turn he was on his game.”

The Jersey Shore was the first victory for Discreetly Mine since capturing the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on February 20. Last out, the 3-year-old colt by Mineshaft from the blue hen mare Pretty Discreet, by Private Account was runner-up in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park. The Jersey Shore win was the third in 11 starts for Discreetly Mine, who has now earned $559,350 for his owner.

In the Miss Liberty Stakes, Maram, trained by Chad Brown, rallied from last to first to post a head victory, covering the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:41.56. She returned $4.40, $2.60 and $2.20 as the favorite and topped a $14.60 exacta.

“She settled at the back of the pack,” said winning jockey Jose Lezcano, “and even through they were going slow up front, I wasn’t worried. When I asked her in the stretch, she really ran on very well and we were able to nail the other horse (Strike the Bell) at the wire.”

Strike the Bell, who took over in mid-stretch but could not hold off the oncoming Maram, paid $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Eye of Taurus was another half-length back in third and returned $3.20.

A 4-year-old filly by Sahm from the Quest for Fame mare American Dreamer, Maram improved her record to 5-1-1 from eight career starts. She has earned $884,520 for owners Karen N. Woods and Saud bin Khaled.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Monday, July 5, for a special 12-race holiday card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.



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