08/02/2003 11:00PM

Milwaukee Brew tops Haskell undercard


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Bobby Frankel and jockey Edgar Prado kicked off a hugely successful Haskell Day as Milwaukee Brew returned to action Sunday with an effortless win in the first race at Monmouth Park.

Milwaukee Brew joined stablemate Peace Rules in celebrating a victorious trip to the Jersey Shore. The Handicap star needed a tuneup for the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 24 at Del Mar and found the perfect spot in the $55,000 money-allowance race.

Milwaukee Brew wound up last in the early running of the 1 1-16 miles race, bunched in a tight pack in the six-horse field. Prado eased the 6-year-old star to the outside for clear running and Milwaukee Brew took it from there.

He circled into contention with a four-wide move approaching the quarter-mile pole and pulled away to a 4 1-4 length win with Prado hand riding through the lane. They stopped the clock in 1:42.60 on the wet-fast track.

"It was pretty easy," Prado said. "Hopefully this will be a good prep for the Pacific Classic."

Milwaukee Brew paid $2.40 to win in his first race since capturing a second straight Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in March.

Annatoga rallies to win Lady's Secret

Julian Pimentel continues to excel in Monmouth stakes as he guided Annatoga to a three-length win over the pacesetting Rebecca's Charm.

Pimentel, who has won eight stakes at the meet, had his filly in perfect stalking position to gallop past the leader in the lane.

Annatoga paid $9.60 to win as she recorded her first win in three starts since being claimed for $50,000 in April by trainer Richard Dutrow.

She ran the 1 1-16 miles in 1:44.05.

Pimentel strikes again in the Ocean Place Resort

Pimentel wasted little time logging a ninth stakes win as he rallied In Hand to the upset in the $75,000 Ocean Place Resorts Stakes.

In Hand came storming down the soft track to beat Sigint by a head.

"He was really picking them up late," Pimentel said. "He certainly seemed to like the soft turf today.

In Hand ($29.80) ran the 1 1-16 miles in 1:47.79 for trainer Phil Oliver.

Purely Classic, the 7-10 favorite, raced close to the pace but faded badly on the final turn and finished seventh.

Mooji Moo upsets in Regret

Mooji Moo, trained by Tim Hills and ridden by Abdiel Toribio, posted a 1 1-2 length win over Fly Me Crazy in the $75,000 Regret Stakes for fillies and mares going six furlongs.

The 4-year-old filly clearly prefers Monmouth where she has won three times in five starts.

Mooji Moo paid $20.60 as she was clocked in 1:09.75. Forest Heiress, the 7-10 favorite from the Bill Mott barn, ran fourth.

Fashion Girl wins Colleen on a DQ

Standswithafist finished first under the wire but was placed second for stretch interference against Fashion Girl in the $60,000 Colleen Stakes.

The disqualification moved Fashion Girl ($5.80) into the win slot for leading jockey Joe Bravo and trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

The 5 1-2 furlong race for 2-year-old fillies was originally set for Saturday but was shifted to Haskell Day with a $10,000 purse increase.

It's a Monster gets up in Teddy Drone

It's a Monster wore down Native Heir in a furious stretch battle to win the $75,000 Teddy Drone by three-quarters of a length.

It's a Monster ($6.60), trained by Benny Perkins, Jr. whose Max Forever ran fifth in the Haskell, posted his third straight win, all at Monmouth. He ran the six furlongs in 1:09.66 as Bravo won his second straight stakes.

Eltawaasul wins Battlefield

Eltawaasul, making his first start since November, rallied to win the $75,000 Battlefield Stakes at 1 1-8 miles on the turf.

Eltawaasul ($29.20) beat American Freedom by three quarters of a length in 1:54.27 for trainer Mark Hubley and jockey Eddie Martin, Jr.