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Winiliscious Horse For Course In Sunday's Monmouth Beach Stakes

Posted Friday, May 24, 2013


 When you’re five-for-six at one particular racetrack, the term horse for course certainly applies.  In Sunday’s $75,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes, that record and moniker belong to Winiliscious, who makes just her second start of 2013 after a more than solid Monmouth Park season in 2012.

            “We got lucky, really lucky,” said Chuck Spina, who trains the 4-year-old filly and is among the partnership of Top Shelf Stable LLC that dropped a claim slip for $7,500 on May 20, 2012.  “We claimed her in hopes of running in the starter allowances.  We took a shot and it worked out.”

            That “shot” has turned into nearly $100,000 in purse earnings and five winner’s circle visits.  Since the claim, Winiliscious captured a $28,000 claiming event, then reeled off three in a row in starter allowance events before taking an allowance race at Parx.  She rounded out her 2012 season with a runner-up effort in the Crowned Stakes at Delaware Park before shipping to Florida for the winter at J. J. Crupi’s farm.

            “She got away slowly in the stakes at Delaware and came charging in the lane,” Spina said.  “She probably should have won it, but that’s racing.”

            In mid-April Winiliscious’s snowbird days came to end as she shipped back north for a date in an Atlantic City allowance event on the 25th where she finished third.

            “Kendrick (jockey Carmouche) said she didn’t really care for the turf,” Spina said.  “She did pick it up late and was closing.  We’ve had this race picked out for her for a while now and that turf try should set her up perfectly.”

            The Monmouth Beach Stakes, at a mile and 70 yards, has drawn six fillies and mares, with Winiliscious and Carmouche breaking from post five.



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