06/08/2002 11:00PM

Caught Out captures Politely Stakes

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - Caught Out, trained by Michael Dickinson, came from last to first and wore down pacesetter Sluice in deep stretch to capture the $50,000 Politely Stakes for fillies and mares by one-half length at Monmouth Sunday.

Caught Out, a 4-year-old, recorded her second win in five starts on the turf. With Eddie King aboard, Caught Out ($9.80) covered a mile on the turf in 1:37.11 before a crowd of 12,332. Sluice was 1 1/2 lengths clear of Clearly a Queen. Wittenberg, the 2-1 lukewarm favorite, was hung four-wide around the final turn and finished fourth.

"Michael told me to settle and let her relax with cover," King said. "She ran super. What a nice filly."

Caught Out won her second consecutive turf start this year. In her first race back this year, Caught Out took an optional claiming allowance at Pimlico. The Politely was her first stakes win.

* It took five starts, but trainer Ronny Werner got his first win at Monmouth on Sunday with Runaway Choice ($6.80) in the $50,000 Crank It Up Stakes for 3-year-olds at five furlongs on the turf. Werner, stabled here for the first time, saddled Touch Tone to a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Haskell last year.

"It's always good to get the first win in a stakes," Werner said.

Runaway Choice, with Dale Beckner up, rated off a quick early pace and closed four-wide into the stretch to cross the wire in 57.29. Lord Abounding was 3/4 lengths back in second and Stormy Day was third.