06/16/2006 11:00PM

La Dolce Vita back for Miss Liberty


The all-turf schedule at The Meadowlands Racetrack concludes Monday afternoon with an eight-race card starting at 1:10 p.m.

The track scheduled three consecutive Mondays made up exclusively of grass races, with the goal of filling the turf void created during the installation of Monmouth Park's new course. The first all-turf card on

June 5 was rained out.

The $60,000 Miss Liberty Stakes for fillies and mares at one mile and 70 yards is Monday's feature.

La Dolce Vita has experience over the Meadowlands course, having finished a late-running second there last October in a first-level allowance race.

A 4-year-old filly, La Dolce Vita is unquestionably a horse for a course. Unfortunately, that course is Gulfstream Park, where she is unbeaten in four starts.

"The one concern for us is that she's run well at Gulfstream," said her trainer, Mark Hennig. "She has won all her races at Gulfstream, but she does seem to like The Meadowlands. Hopefully we don't get any rain and we get to run here. She's doing well."

La Dolce Vita joined Hennig's barn after last season and is 3 for 4 since the transfer. The lone loss came when she traveled from Gulfstream and ran 10th in the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

The Miss Liberty field also includes Ready's Gal, the Hillsborough winner, who will be making her second visit to New Jersey. Trained by Todd Pletcher, she captured Monmouth's Little Silver Stakes in her turf debut last summer.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is represented by My Lordship. Mott had a productive afternoon at The Meadowlands last Monday, winning the Trenton Stakes with Quite a Bride and losing the Battlefield Stakes by only a head when Icy Atlantic held off the onrushing Old Forester.

My Lordship had a solid winter in Florida, winning stakes races at Gulfstream, Tampa Bay, and Calder.

Trainer Stanley Hough scratched Tisket a Tasket from Belmont's Cozy Blues Stakes on Saturday to run in this spot.

Why Worry, a French import trained by Patrick Biancone, will be making her U.S. debut.

Completing the field are Ask Queenie, Zona, and Sidneys Angel Face.