08/24/2001 11:00PM

Monmouth: Maypole Dance wires field in turf sprint

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - Maypole Dance rushed to the lead under Roberto Alvarado and led every step of the way to win the $50,000 Thomas J. Malley Stakes at five furlongs on the turf for fillies and mares. Maypole Dance ($20.40), a 4-year-old trained by Bessie Gruwell, set rapid fractions of 21.20 seconds and 43.80, and finished in 55.76 over a turf course labeled good. Wilma Lee finished 1 1/2 lengths back in second, while Go Carolina finished third. Maypole Dance improved her career record to 5-1-5 in 12 starts, with a turf record of 4-1-1 in six starts.