Oceanport, N.J. – Tee-N-Jay Farm’s Senator Beck closed with a rush
down the straight to post a half-length victory in the $60,000 Desert Vixen
Stakes at Monmouth
Park on Saturday.
Ridden by Paco Lopez, Senator Beck stepped the mile and a
sixteenth over firm turf in 1:43.49 and returned $14.20, $4.40 and $2.60. Peace Preserver, the 6-5 favorite in the
field of six 3-year-old fillies, completed the $26.60 exacta and paid $3 to
place and $2.20 to show. It was another
length and three-quarters back to Composition, who paid $2.20 to show.
“I liked where she was down the backstretch,” said
winning trainer Tim
Hills. “She kind of got bounced around in her last
(Grade 3 Boiling Springs at Monmouth on June 23) so we ran her back here, which
was a little bit of an easier spot and she ran huge.”
Senator Beck, named for New Jersey State Senator Jennifer
Beck of Monmouth County, scored for the third time in
eight career starts by taking the Desert Vixen.
The NJ-bred daughter of Artie Schiller from the Benny the Dip mare Go
for a Dip has now banked $92,254 for her connections.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park
on Sunday, July 29 – when the racetrack presents the 45th running of
the Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Invitational.
Gates open at 10 a.m., with the first of 14 races slated for noon. The Haskell is set as the 13th
race with an estimated post of 6:17 p.m.