08/24/2008 12:00AM

Hystericalady repeats in Molly Pitcher


Hystericalady successfully defended her title in Sunday's Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park, drawing off to an eight-length victory under Robby Albarado. She won last year’s Molly Pitcher by 6 1/4 lengths.

“She always does more than we expect of her,” said winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “She broke so sharp. She was able to sit second and get a great trip."

Hystericalady broke quickly in the 1 1/16-mile Molly Pitcher, then settled in second as Rolling Sea set fractions of 24.22 seconds, 48.43, and 1:12.30 for six furlongs. Hystericalady took over near the quarter pole and extended her lead through the lane to finish in 1:43.31 on a fast track.

“I just tried to keep her out of trouble," Albarado said. "I was just a passenger today. I can’t take credit for this one.”

Hystericalady returned $2.20 as the heavy 1-9 favorite. Rolling Sea, ridden by Joe Bravo, held second by 1 1/4 lengths over Lexi Star.