Fillies and mares take center stage in the 10th race here
Saturday, with a field of 11 entered in the $100,000 Lighthouse Stakes at a
mile and a sixteenth.
Trainer Kelly Breen recognizes the deeply competitive nature of the race, but
feels he has a good chance to take the major share with George and Lori Hall’s
Fools in Love.
“It’s an awfully tough race,” he said, “but if we get the right speed scenario,
the race may set up for us.”
Fools in Love, a 4-year-old daughter of Not for Love, broke her maiden at
Monmouth at first asking as a 2-year-old, but is still looking for her first
stakes win here.
She finished third in the Colleen and second in the Sorority in 2008, and has
been on the road ever since. She finished up the 2009 season by taking the
Orleans Stakes at Delta Downs in December, and this year ran on the grass at
Gulfstream before going to Philadelphia
Park, where she won her
most recent start on May 11. In that allowance event for non-winners of three,
Fools in Love raced wide in the stretch and was up to win by a neck at one
“Stew (jockey Stewart Elliott) had that race measured the whole way,” Breen
said. “He never even turned his stick.”
The Lighthouse will be an open betting event. The likely favorite is Larry and
Cindy Jones’s Just Jenda, who won the Monmouth Beach Stakes last out and has a
perfect record at Monmouth.
The field also includes Cheval Corporation’s Ask the Moon, who finished third
in the Monmouth Beach, and last year won the Lighthouse
Stakes for trainer Ned Allard.