08/28/2007 11:00PM

Dream trip for Princess Janie


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Princess Janie cruised to 6 3/4-length victory Wednesday in the $75,000 Mongo Queen Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park.

Breaking from the outside post in the six-horse field, Princess Janie ($3.60) stalked Rolling Grace and Pleasure Seeker, the dueling leaders, before taking charge on the final turn under Stewart Elliott.

The time was 1:09.34 for the six furlongs on a fast track.

"I thought she was the best horse, but you always want that on your side - the absolutely perfect trip," said trainer Cam Gambolati.

Astor Park was second in the Mongo Queen, with Bianco third.

Princess Janie improved her record to 3-2-0 in 6 starts. The lone out-of-the money race was a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park.

Looking down the road, Gambolati is targeting the $200,000 Miss Woodford Stakes here on Oct. 27 for Princess Janie.

Red Bank looking solid

Miesque's Approval used a win last year in Monmouth Park's Red Bank Stakes as a springboard to a victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile. History could repeat, especially with Monmouth hosting the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 26 and 27.

A solid field is shaping up for the Grade 3, $150,000 Red Bank at one mile on the turf on Saturday.

Expected runners include Amenable; Baron Von Tap, winner of the Bob Harding Stakes; Giant Wrecker, who won the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap; Gimme Credit; Icy Atlantic, winner of the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap; Presious Passion, who captured last year's Jersey Derby; and Touched by Madness.

The Red Bank lost a runner Tuesday when Kiss the Kid, the game runner-up in Monmouth's Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes on Aug. 5, developed a cough and was put on a program of antibiotics.

"I'm very disappointed," said owner-trainer Amy Tarrant. "This was going to be a nice tune-up for him. I know it would be a tough race, but I thought he was ready."

Kiss the Kid needed the win, and the graded stakes points that come with it, to secure a Breeders' Cup berth. Tarrant is left with no choice but to go for a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" victory in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on Sept. 30 at Belmont Park for a Cup berth.

"The season is over here and the Breeders' Cup is going to be at Santa Anita next year," Tarrant said. "I'd like to try it here and see what happens. I know my shot is a longshot, but we've got nothing to lose by trying."

Smokey Stover, a multiple graded stakes winner this year, is the expected headliner in the supporting feature Saturday, the $100,000 Icecapade Stakes at six furlongs.

A pair of 2-year-old stakes headline Sunday's closing day card: the Gradeo3, $150,000 Sapling and the $100,000 Sorority for fillies.

Winner draws a crowd

The Monmouth winner's circle, expanded this year to accommodate the Breeders' Cup, could barely contain the happy throng after Cobra Strike's debut victory on Saturday.

The 2-year-old Cobra Strike, who had worked impressively leading up to race, turned in a very professional effort, pulling clear to a 3 3/4-length win over Bold Trust, the 4-5 favorite in the 5 1/2-furlong race.

Cobra Strike is owned by the Fantasy Lane syndicate, and its members turned out in force. Trainer Alan Seewald would have hated to disappoint the estimated the winner's circle crowd of 80 people.

"You can train good and have high expectations, but until they do it in the afternoon, you never really know," Seewald said. "He lived up to his works. He has a good temperament and can handle crowds. He acts like an older horse."

Cobra Strike was a $100,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale in February, making him eligible for his next start: the $200,000 National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors Futurity at the Meadowlands on Sept. 29.

"When we bought him, he had a splint that we had to pin fire," Seewald said. "We brought him along nice and easy. We're looking at the long haul with this horse. I think he'll stretch out. How far, I don't know."

Timeless Classic moving up

Timeless Classic is unbeaten in the two races since trainer Ned Allard sent the 3-year-old gelding around two turns here.

Timeless Classic will need to continue that sharp route form as he steps up Friday to the $57,000 second-level allowance feature for New Jersey-breds going one mile.

Elliott, aboard for both victories, has the return call.

Lockup, a strong closing second in a statebred sprint last time out, could appreciate the added distance. Rajiv Maragh will be aboard for trainer Kevin Sleeter.

Mariano taken to hospital

Jockey Abel Mariano was taken to Monmouth Medical Center after he fell off Thegreyofthegoose, the distant trailer, at the top of the stretch in the third race Wednesday.

Mariano was unconscious when paramedics reached him on the track. He started to revive in the ambulance but was taken to the hospital for observation.