Gators N Bears wins the Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park.

Gators N Bears wins the Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park.

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Gators N Bears Grabs Hold of Jersey Shore

(from Monmouth report)
Gators N Bears got the jump on the field rounding the turn and had enough left in the stretch to hold off a charging Mt. Carson for a half-length victory in the $100,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) on a Fourth of July Friday at Monmouth Park.

The winner, a New Jersey-bred son of Stormy Atlantic owned and trained by Leo S. Nechamkin II, and ridden by Chuck C. Lopez, raced the six furlongs in 1:09 4/5 over the fast track and paid $16.60, $6.20 and $3.20 across the board. Mt. Carson, second choice in the field of six 3-year-old sprinters, completed the $47 exacta. Don Six, who broke slowly from his rail post, rallied to be third, with favored Bishop Court Hill fourth.

This was the second straight score at Monmouth for Gators N Bears, who won an allowance event on June 14, when he beat Trueamericanspirit by a neck. That colt came back to win Thursday's feature at Monmouth.

"The only horse I was afraid of was Mt. Carson, but I know he has tender feet," Nechamkin said. "Gator was a little fitter horse and I think the harder, fast track was to his advantage. This is a tribute to Bob Camac, who bred this horse. He's 100 percent horse and we're glad to have him."

In the $60,000 Skip Away Stakes, the only two New Jersey-breds in the field of six older horses came down to the wire together, with Joel Kligman's Jersey Giant scoring by a half-length over Sea of Tranquility for his third straight score.

Jersey Giant, trained by Jim Ryerson and ridden by Julian Pimentel, remained unbeaten in 2003 with his victory. The 4-year-old son of Evening Kris raced the one mile over a fast track in 1:37 1/5 and paid $7.80, $3.60 and $3.20 across the board. Sea of Tranquility, a multiple stakes winner here last year who is looking for his first victory of the year, completed the $45 exacta. Beware Avalanche was third.

The $50,000 Betsy Ross Stakes at five furlongs on the grass went to Charles J. Reed's Oh Say Vicki, who made the lead in deep stretch and drew off to score by two and a quarter lengths under Joe Bravo.

Jerald Ferris trains Oh Say Vicki, who zipped the five panels over a firm grass course in :55 2/5 and paid $9.80, $3.60 and $2.40. She topped a $26 exacta.

(Chart, Equibase)