10/02/2010 5:59PM

Karmageddon connects as 29-1 bomb in Princeton

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Karmageddon, ridden by Dale Becker, upsets the Princeton Stakes at $60.40.

Karmageddon, the longest shot on the board among eight 3-year-old fillies, stunned 4-5 favorite Simple Words by pulling away in the stretch to score a major surprise in Saturday’s $75,000 Princeton Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Ridden for the first time by Dale Beckner, Karmageddon ($60.40) sat 3 1/2 lengths off the half-mile pace set by Simple Words, but had cut the deficit to a length with a furlong remaining and closed willingly to prevail by 3 1/4 lengths while completing six furlongs in 1:09.64.

Although she was winless in four starts since beating New Jersey-breds in a second-level allowance in June, Karmageddon, trained by Douglas Nunn, had shown signs of life when she finished second at 44-1 odds in the Miss Woodford Stakes two starts ago. Last time out, trying two turns on the bullring in West Virginia, she was a distant seventh of nine in the Charles Town Oaks.

Simple Word, who was making her stakes debut after back-to-back triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, was clearly second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Veuve.