07/09/2006 11:00PM

Monmouth: 'Emerald' hangs on

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Emerald Earrings ridden by Eddie Castro wins the Monmouth Beach Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

Emerald Earrings ($4.20) took command turning for home and held off the late charge of Silmaril to score a three-quarter-length win in the $65,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes for fillies and mares. Eddie Castro rode Emerald Earrings for trainer Bruce Alexander. The winning time was 1:43.18 for a mile and 70 yards on the fast track.

The favorite also took the $60,000 Lamplighter for 3-year-olds on the turf, in which Smart Enough ($4.20) beat Extra Bend by a neck.

Ridden by Joe Bravo for trainer John Fisher, Smart Enough scored his fourth straight win. The winning time was 1:33.75 for a mile over a course rated good.