OCEANPORT, N.J. – Smith and Ko-Ko-Mo Stable’s Lil Kiara sat in
perfect position early before gaining command in mid-stretch and holding on for
a half-length win over Little Stitch in Sunday’s Spruce Fir Handicap at Monmouth Park.
time for the one mile and 70 yards over a fast main track was 1:42 3/5.
4-year-old daughter of Lion Hearted out of the Baederwood mare Lil Magic Twig,
Lil Kiara returned $6, $3.80 and $2.60.
Little Stitch, who raced right up on the early pace of :23 1/5 and :48
1/5, held on gamely for second and paid $8.60 and $5.20. The winning exacta returned $31.60 in the
field of seven fillies and mares.
Third-place finisher Ms Glory Be returned $3.
[jockey Carlos H.] knows this horse very well,” said winning trainer Cathal
Lynch. “I was a little worried when she
was up close early, but then he got her to settle down. It all worked according to plan. We sat just off the speed and when he called
on her she came with her run.”
win, Lil Kiara improved her career record to 4-3-4 from 16 lifetime
starts. The winner’s share of the
$65,000 purse bumped her lifetime earnings to $246,445.
racing will return to Monmouth
Park on Friday, July
22. As always, the facility will remain
open for simulcasting from around the world seven days a week.
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