08/21/2007 11:00PM

Hystericalady has kept talented company


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Hystericalady looked bright and eager, peering out of her stall Wednesday morning at Monmouth Park following a transcontinental flight Tuesday from trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's barn at Bay Meadows.

Hystericalady will likely be favored here Saturday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

This will be her fourth straight appearance in a stakes with at least a Grade 2 rating.

The streak started with her victory in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Her next two races came on the synthetic surface at Hollywood Park: a second in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap and a third in the Grade 1 Vanity, her most recent race, on July 7.

Assistant trainer Joe Hernandez accompanied the filly on the flight.

"She shipped really well," Hernandez said. "We got in last night and we're dog tired, but she's got a really good shine to her eye. We're looking forward to seeing her run."

Hystericalady walked on Wednesday and will take her first gallop on the Monmouth strip Thursday morning with Hernandez aboard. She will also get in some paddock schooling later that afternoon.

The Molly Pitcher field increased to six as stakes coordinator Mike Melendez added Peak Maria's Way and Prop Me Up to the list of likely runners.

Peak Maria's Way has been a Delaware Park specialist, earning five of her seven wins there. She most recently set the pace in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap before tiring to fourth.

Prop Me Up is always a factor at Monmouth, with a record of 4-4-1 in 9 starts here. In her first race for trainer Greg Sacco, Prop Me Up rallied to win the Lady's Secret Stakes on the Haskell undercard.

"She's doing super," Sacco said. "She has trained great since the Lady's Secret. We will take a serious look at the race.

"Some of the other horses have to ship in and like the new surface here. We're here. That's the edge we have, even though a couple might have a little bit of a class edge."

The other expected Molly Pitcher runners are last year's winner, Promenade Girl, multiple-graded-stakes winner India, and Kettleoneup.

Commission doles out casino funds

The New Jersey Racing Commission allocated $1.9 million from the Casino Simulcasting Special Fund to the state's racetracks and horsemen's associations at a meeting held Wednesday morning at Monmouth.

The Meadowlands, Monmouth, and Freehold Raceway each got $476,231. Atlantic City Race Course got $80,006.

The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey each received $99,056. The New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association got $198,112.

The commission disburses money from the Special Fund on an annual basis. The money distributed Wednesday was the 2006 allocation.

Money for the Special Fund comes from the takeout on wagers made on out-of-state races at Atlantic City's casino race books.

In other action Wednesday, the commission denied a request from the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to loan $250,000 to the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

The commission also refused to reconsider an earlier denial of Jesus Guadalupe's request for a jockey license.

Guadalupe, 57, was one of six men convicted in 1978 on race-fixing charges at Garden State Park in 1974-75.

Bridgmohan splits with agent Moran

Agent Cory Moran and apprentice rider Jermaine Bridgmohan split up Wednesday. Moran, who had been based in Florida before coming north with Bridgmohan, cited "irreconcilable differences."

Moran said he intends to remain in the area and will try to line up another jockey.

Entering Wednesday, Bridgmohan was 8-13-7 from 76 mounts in his first season at Monmouth.

Five left behind last time try again

The competition is probably glad there is no Czarina's Girl in Friday's $50,000 second-level allowance feature for New Jersey-bred fillies and mares at one mile and 70 yards.

The last time Monmouth ran this race, on Aug. 10, Czarina's Girl blew away the field in a 10 1/2-length victory. Five of the horses left in her wake are back for another try, including Red Bier, who rallied for second. A 5-year-old trained by Raymond Einhorn, Red Bier has been in solid form this meet with two seconds and a third in four starts. Tommy Turner gets the return call.

For those looking for fresh faces, Barefoot Lady and Moonlight Aria are the two options.

Barefoot Lady used her speed to pull off a first-level upset at 13-1.

Moonlight Aria is leapfrogging a condition, jumping to this level following a maiden score here on Aug. 12.