07/04/2008 12:00AM

Cozzi Capital ships north for Miss Liberty


OCEANPORT, N.J. - With opportunities and purse money dwindling at Calder, owner, breeder, and trainer Herman Wilensky sent Cozzi Capital north to Monmouth Park for the $70,000 Miss Liberty Stakes on Sunday.

"There is really nothing at Calder, the way things are going down there," Wilensky said, referring to purse cuts in the wake of the lack of a contract between the track and horsemen. "I was trying to find somewhere else I could bring her. Monmouth looked like a pretty good spot."

Cozzi Capital brings a solid resume to the Miss Liberty, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares on the turf. The gray 4-year-old captured the Calder Oaks last October and most recently rallied for second in a third-level allowance at Calder in her season debut.

"That was just a prep race," Wilensky said. "She had a little bit of trouble in the race and she should have won."

Elvis Trujillo will ride Cozzi Capital, who wound up in a very competitive race as the Miss Liberty attracted 14 entrants.

While Cozzi Capital makes her Monmouth debut, Czarina's Girl gets another start at her home track.

The 6-year-old New Jersey-bred, owned and bred by the D'Arrigo Racing Stable, made the switch to grass for her last four races. The last two have been encouraging: a second-level allowance win in a sprint followed by a fourth-place finish in an ambitious spot, the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap.

"The owner thought she could have been third and that would help her as a broodmare," trainer Pat McBurney said of the Eatontown. "To just get in the money was worth a shot. She ran okay to finish fourth with those girls."

Bachata returns to Monmouth from trainer Graham Motion's barn at Maryland's Fair Hill Training Center. This will be the season debut for the 4-year-old, who won four races last year including Monmouth's Twin Lights Stakes.

Spectacular Malibu makes her grass debut for another Maryland-based trainer, Michael Trombetta. She also gets considerable class relief, having finished last most recently behind Eclipse winner Ginger Punch in the Grade 1 Odgen Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park.

Bachata, Spectacular Malibu, and Paris Winds were also entered in the $75,000 Mariensky Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Lokaloka, Montecito, and Le Cordon Bleu scratched out of Friday's off-the-turf My Fair Lady Stakes at Suffolk Downs in favor of the Miss Liberty. Completing the field are Dyna's Lassie, Oh Deanne O, Rasta Farian, Seeking an Angel, and Snow Cone.

* Hey Chub and Who's the Cowboy are the starting highweights at 119 pounds in the $60,000 Colts Neck Handicap for New Jersey-breds at six furlongs.