06/26/2004 11:00PM

Cherish Destiny wins Dearly Precious via dq

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Cherish Destiny and Joe Bravo gallop back after crossing the wire second in the Dearly Precious Stakes at Monmouth on Sunday. The filly got the win after the stewards disqualified Schedule for drifting out through the lane.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Cherish Destiny won the $60,000 for 3-year-old fillies on a disqualification Sunday at Monmouth Park.

The pacesetting Schedule drifted out badly in the lane. She finished first under the wire while carrying out runnerup Cherish Destiny.

Chuckie Lopez, Schedule's rider, had his hands full trying to maintain a straight path.

"She always seems to drift a little bit on me," said Lopez. "There wasn't much I could do. I was just trying to ride her hard and keep her straight. It's just a bad habit she has."

It turned into an expensive habit.

The stewards called for an inquiry and Joe Bravo, Cherish Destiny's rider, also claimed foul. After a review, the order was reversed.

"Every time I came to her, she drifted me out more and more," said Bravo. "Chuckie was doing what he could but the horse kept coming out on me. I don't see how they could leave that horse up."

Cherish Destiny ($13.40) posted her third win in seven career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill.

Dreamadreamforme was third.