05/31/2010 11:00PM

Just Jenda remains perfect at Monmouth


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Just Jenda extended her Monmouth Park unbeaten streak to three with a 1 1/2-length win over McVictory on Sunday in the for fillies and mares.

In the supporting event, Strike It Rich posted a front-running victory in the for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.

Just Jenda swept a pair of stakes here last summer, the Serena's Song and the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. A 4-year-old trained and co-owned by Cindy Jones in partnership with her husband, Larry, Just Jenda benefited from a return to her favorite track and substantial class relief, having chased Zenyatta most recently in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park.

Jockey Terry Thompson kept Just Jenda in the mix right from the start following a stumble at the start of the mile-and-70-yard race. She was fourth for most of the race before moving into contention on the final turn. The decisive move was a shift to the rail for her winning rally inside the pacesetting McVictory.

"We were in a great spot today," said Thompson. "I just sat back and watched the race set up in front of me. She sat in midpack, right behind the pace, and was a little on the bit heading to the three-eighths. Luckily for us, the leader tired a little and came off the rail, and we were able to take the spot."

The 8-5 favorite, Just Jenda paid $5.40 and ran the one mile and 70 yards in 1:42.07.

Ask the Moon was third. Luna Vega, also unbeaten in two prior Monmouth appearances, including last year's Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Stakes, finished seventh.

Strike It Rich ($4.40) got her first stakes win in the Little Silver. She earned it the hard way, outdueling Potosina in a prolonged battle for the lead in the one-mile turf race. Strike It Rich, with Garrett Gomez aboard for trainer Christophe Clement, cut the corner smartly to open up by about two lengths. She had plenty left in the lane, beating In the Rough by one length with Elusive Temper third.

"I talked to Christophe this morning and he told me not to be afraid to let her get involved in the race early," Gomez said. "When I asked her to quicken turning for home, she did so. She stayed on well. I'm really excited about her future."

It was the second straight win for Strike It Rich following a first-level allowance victory at Gulfstream. She improved to 3 for 7.

The time was 1:33.32 for the one mile on the firm turf.

The middle card of the holiday weekend attracted 15,094 on a spectacularly sunny afternoon. The crowd for the comparable Sunday of Memorial Day weekend 2009 was 11,452. Combined handle from all sources was $8,123,882 compared to $3,125,003 last year.

Monmouth is back in action Monday with a 12-race card starting at 12:50 p.m.