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Silverette, Rusty Slipper Win at Monmouth Park

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Paul A. Pompa Jr.’s Silverette captured the $60,000 Red Cross Stakes as Zanim R. Meahjohn’s Rusty Slipper won the $60,000 Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park on Monday, giving jockey Paco Lopez a stakes sweep on the Memorial Day card.

Silverette grabbed command at the top of the stretch and held off all challengers to take the Red Cross by a length after covering the six furlongs over a fast main track in a snappy 1:09 3/5.  The winner paid $6.80, $3.80 and $2.40.  Angel’s Glory finished a length behind the winner, completing the $45.20 exacta and paying $5.60 and $3.40.  It was another half-length back to odds-on favorite Holiday Soiree, who paid $2.10 to show.

“This filly has a chance to be something really special,” said winning trainer Dale Romans.  “She’s always been one of my favorites.  She had a little bump in the road last year, but that’s behind us.  The race played out exactly the way we thought and everything worked out right.”

Monday’s victory was the fourth in eight career starts for Silverette.  The 4-year-old filly by Street Sense out of the Holy Bull mare Holy Lightning has now banked $198,802 for her connections.

In the Little Silver, Rusty Slipper angled out for the drive and posted a three-quarter length victory over Street Gem, who was disqualified from second and placed fifth for interference in upper stretch with Rhythm Queen.  Rusty Slipper went the mile over firm turf in 1:35 1/5 and paid $22.40, $9.80 and $7.60.  Three Hearts, who was a half-length farther back, was placed second, rounding out the $142.60 exacta and paying $5.80 and $4.60.  Skyfall was placed third, good for a $5.60 mutuel.

“My filly has a little speed,” said the winning rider, “but I was able to sit just off the pace.  The leaders starting backing up at the quarter pole and I angled to the outside.  Once she got clear, she really kicked in.”

Conditioned by H. Graham Motion, Rusty Slipper boosted her lifetime bankroll to $62,014.   The daughter of Lemon Drop Kid from the With Approval mare Classic Approval has won three of her five starts.

           

           

 

 

 

 

 

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