Rising Sun Stable’s Don’s Peach broke on top and never looked
back, besting odds-on favorite Geeky Gorgeous by ¾ of a length in
Sunday’s $60,000 Open Mind Handicap at
With Paco Lopez aboard, Don’s Peach covered the six
furlongs over a fast main track in 1:09 3/5 and returned $9.20, $3 and
$2.20. Geeky Gorgeous completed
the $21.40 exacta and paid $2.20 and $2.10. It was another 2 ¾ lengths
back to Little Stitch, who paid $2.40 to show in the field of seven New
Jersey-bred fillies and mares.
“This is a dream come true,” said winning trainer
Kathy Mongeon. “I was hoping to come here and just win the a other
than. But now to win this, it’s fantastic.
She’s really blossomed since coming into our program. The plan was to
go to the front, that’s what she knows to do and she does it so easily.
Paco (jockey Lopez) let her hop right out of there and that was it.”
Don’s Peach was claimed for $6,250 on Feb. 24 at
Park by her current connections. Last out
she won an entry level allowance race restricted to New Jersey-breds at
Monmouth on May 18. The 5-year-old mare by Don Six from the Gold Legend
mare Legendary Peach has now won five of
her 22 lifetime starts.