06/15/2002 11:00PM

Impeachthepro takes Longfellow


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Impeachthepro, sent off as the second longest shot in a seven-horse field at 6-1, rated right behind the early pace and then took control turning for home to win the $50,000 Longfellow Stakes at six furlongs for older horses.

Impeachthepro ($14.20) was a supplement to the Longfellow from Finger Lakes-based trainer Anthony Ferraro. He improved to 13-3-2 in 20 lifetime starts. A 5-year-old, Impeachthepro crossed the wire in 1:09.53 with Dale Beckner aboard before a Fathers' Day crowd of 20,262. The attendance was the highest of the meet.

Esteemed Friend came up on the rail down the stretch, but could not get to the winner, beaten 3/4 lengths. Ticket to Freedom was third. The James Jerkens-trained Wrangler, the 2-1 favorite and winner of the Grade 2 General George Handicap at Laurel this year, ran last.

"We were looking for a race up and down the East Coast for him," Ferraro said. "This was my first starter ever at Monmouth."

Ferraro said Impeachthepro would run next at Finger Lakes before racing in the Evan Shipman for New York-breds on closing day at Belmont.

*Sea of Tranquility ($5.20) has shown no wear and tear as a 6-year-old this summer, as he won his second consecutive stakes here in Sunday's $50,000 Jersey Breeders' Handicap for statebreds at one mile.

Sea of Tranquility, with Jose Ferrer aboard, stalked the pace on the backstretch before moving strongly around the final turn three-wide. He took command by the eighth-pole and pulled away to win by 4 1/2 lengths and cross the wire in 1:36.82. Thistyranthasclass and Red Weasel, the two pacesetters, finished second and third, respectively. John Little, the 6-5 favorite, ran fifth in the six-horse field.

Sea of Tranquility, winner of the Grade 3 Salvator Mile last year, has always excelled at Monmouth, but this may be his best summer yet for trainer Richard Paulus. In his last win, he won the Frisk Me Now Stakes here with a 110 Beyer Speed Figure.