Confident Gary Stevens astride Ay Caramba took the measure of Hotstufanthensome in the stretch and edged away to a three-quarters of a length win in the $150,000 Oceanport (gr. IIIT) on the Monmouth Park turf Sunday. It was one of six stakes on the New Jersey track's card worth at least $100,000.
Trained by Bobby Frankel for owner Patricia Bozano, Ay Caramba, a 5-year-old Brazliian-bred son of Roi Normand, won his third straight race.
It was three-quarters of a length back to third-place finisher Stormy Roman, who was a head in front of the 9-5 favorite G P Fleet, who carried top weight of 122 pounds. The final time for the 1 1/16-mile event on firm turf was 1:42 2/5.
Stevens had Ay Caramba well placed behind the pacesetters Spruce Run, who faded early after leading for the opening quarter mile, Cottage, and Hotstufanthensome (:24 4/5, :49 1/5). Ay Caramba moved into contention at the top of the lane and surged past Hotstufanthensome while hand-ridden to victory.
Ay Caramba, who carried 118 pounds, earned $90,000 for his eighth win in 17 starts. He boasts total earnings of $280,818. Since transferring to Frankel for the 2005 season, the bay horse has won three of six and earned more than $166,000.
The winner paid $10.20, $4.80, and $3.60. Hotstufanthensome returned $5.20 and $3.80. The late closer Stormy Roman's show was $6.20.
In other stakes races on the Monmouth card, Friel's for Real, ridden by Stewart Elliott, came from well back to defeat 58-1 shot Diavla by a half-length in the $100,000 Lady's Secret for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. La Reason finished third while Taittinger Rose, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite, finished fourth.
Trained by Edward Allard, the 5-year-old Sword Dance mare ended a five-race losing streak while earning $60,000 for her Florida owner/breeder, Gilbert G. Campbell. For Friel's for Real, sent off at odds of 9-1, the 11th win in 24 lifetime starts improved her bankroll to $484,560.
Favored Wildcat Heir pulled away from the field in the stretch to post a 5 3/4-length win under Elliott in the $100,000 Teddy Drone at six furlongs. Forest Park ran second, a head in front of the second choice, Judiths Wild Rush.
The Ben Perkins Jr.-trained 5-year-old bay son of Forest Wildcat
, sent off at odds of 2-1, won for the sixth time in 11 starts and increased his earnings to $424,460 for Florida owner/breeder New Farm.
Network, ridden by Javier Castellano came from off the pace to tag the front running 9-10 favorite Touched by Madness by a half-length in the $100,000 Lamplighter for 3-year-olds at one mile on the turf. It was three-quarters of a length back to Spring House.
Owner Edwin T. Broome trains the winner, a son of Pulpit
bred in Kentucky by Mrs. Adele B. Dilschneider.