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GSP Racing Stable’s Well Spelled became a first time stakes winner when he rallied through the stretch at Monmouth Park to capture the Grade 3 $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes by 1 ½ lengths.

Well Spelled, who raced last down the backstretch, took command just after the eighth pole before stopping the timer in 1:11 for six furlongs on a fast track. The colt paid $13.20, $4.80 and $3.40 across the board and topped a $45 exacta. Cape Cod Canal, who turned for home on the lead, returned $4.20 to place and $3.40 to show. It was another half-length back to Scaramagna, who paid $4.80 to show. Isn’t He Clever, the even-money favorite in the field of six 3-year-old colts and geldings, checked in fourth after a troubled trip.

“Benny (trainer Perkins, Jr.) told me to warm him up good. When the gates opened, he popped out on top, so I just waited for the speed to pass me,” said winning jockey Pablo Fragoso. “I didn’t mind coming with a wide run- the rail has not been the place to be today. He came closing with his run down the outside and wore that other horse (Cape Cod Canal) down. I was real impressed with him today.”

The Jersey Shore victory was the second for trainer Ben Perkins, Jr., who won the inaugural running in 1992 with Surely Six.

“He broke really sharp and Pablo let him settle going down the backside,” said Perkins. “As soon as he started to level off and move with the favorite (Isn’t He Clever), I knew we had a lot of horse. With the way the track’s been playing and the fact he’s been training over it, we thought that would help him a lot and it did. He ran hard. It took him a while to get the right style (of running), and now that he’s got that, it definitely helped him.”

A son of Spellbinder from the Well Decorated mare Well, Well Spelled improved his career earnings to $161,740 for his connections. The Kentucky-bred has now won three of nine career starts and three of his six starts in 2012.



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