08/01/2005 12:00AM

Monmouth: Coastal Strike squeaks by

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Coastal Strike (6), and jockey Stewart Elliott, stay ahead of Mecke's Queen (Left) and Big City Danse (2nd Left) to win the $55,000 Trenton Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Coastal Strike pressed the early pace and rallied in the lane for a half-length win in the $55,000 Trenton Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park.

Trained by Clifford Sise Jr. and ridden by Stewart Elliott, Coastal Strike ($13.80) covered the five furlongs over firm turf in 56.22 seconds. Mecke's Queen was second, and Big City Danse was third.