07/04/2016 5:02PM

Angela Renee ends stakes drought with Lady's Secret victory

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Angela Renee, with Paco Lopez riding, wins the Lady's Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park on Monday.

Angela Renee scored her first stakes victory on Monday at Monmouth Park since winning the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita as a 2-year-old in 2014.

Angela Renee went winless in five starts as a 3-year-old last season. She topped the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Kentucky when the Don Alberto Stable bought her for $3 million. By Bernardini out of the mare Pilfer, Angela Renee is a full sister to the stallion To Honor and Serve, a multiple Grade 1 winner of $1.8 million. Angela Renee had previously been owned by her breeder, Sienna Farm.

On Monday, in the $111,000 Lady's Secret Stakes, jockey Paco Lopez took a hard hold of Angela Renee and tracked pacesetting Genre. Lopez moved Angela Renee closer on the far turn of the mile and 70-yard race, took the lead from Genre entering the stretch, and drew off to a two-length victory.

Angela Renee, who is now trained by Chad Brown, paid $5.60 as the favorite in the eight-horse field. She was timed in 1:40.77, and is now 4 for 14 in her career with earnings of $578,250.

Genre held second by a nose over her Todd Pletcher-trained stablemate Eskendereya, the narrow 3-1 second choice over Genre. It was 1 1/4 lengths back to High Ridge Road in fourth.

Joint Return broke slowly, lodged a four-wide bid on the far turn, and then flattened out in the stretch to finish fifth.