06/06/2010 12:00AM

Mandurah sets world record for turf mile


With the help of a rock-hard grass course, a world record for a mile was established at Monmouth Park on Sunday when Mandurah covered the distance in 1:31.23.

Trained by Grant Forster and ridden by Alex Solis, Mandurah established the record in the day's ninth race, his first try on the grass. The old record was held by Mister Light, who ran a mile in 1:31.41 on Jan. 3, 2005, at Gulfstream Park.

A lack of rain in the area has made the turf course extremely hard, and Mandurah was able to draw away late, even after setting a blistering early pace of 22.26 seconds, 44.76, and 1:08.13 for six furlongs.

Later on the card, in the day's feature race, Cool Bullet, the 4-5 favorite, stalked an early duel and wore down the leaders through the stretch to capture the by two lengths.

Posting his fourth win in nine starts, Cool Bullet covered the six furlongs in 1:11.50 over a fast main track on a hot and humid day at Monmouth Park. Cool Bullet was coming off a second-place finish in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs, and his win in the Rumson was the third stakes score of his career.

Nathan's H Q, who had won his first two career starts, was involved in an early pace battle with Kens Cape but was able to hold the place, while My Man Marty closed nicely for the show after racing well back early.

Trained by Steve Margolis and ridden by Garrett Gomez, Cool Bullet paid $3.60 to win.