09/21/2013 4:50PM

Monmouth: New Jersey-bred filly Geeky Gorgeous beats males in New Jersey Breeders' Handicap

Sierra Ancha, ridden by Sharon Uske, outfinishes In God's Country to win the Charles Hesse III Handicap, one of three stakes on the card for New Jersey-breds.

The 4-year-old filly Geeky Gorgeous made a good impression on jockey Joe Bravo and owner-trainer Daniel Lopez when she pulled a 14-1 upset seven weeks ago in the six-furlong Regret.

Saturday, Bravo passed up the opportunity to ride in richer races out of town to retain the mount on Geeky Gorgeous in the New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap at Monmouth Park. Lopez showed his confidence by sending Geeky Gorgeous to challenge male sprinters.

Geeky Gorgeous made the decisions of Bravo and Lopez look good when she came off the pace to win the $61,800 race for New Jersey-bred sprinters by two lengths.

The Breeders’ Handicap was one of three stakes on a 10-race card devoted to New Jersey-breds.

“There’s a lot of great races all around the country today, but I’m here because of this filly,” Bravo said. “She’s really come around and today was pretty impressive to do what she did against the boys.”

Geeky Gorgeous ($8.60) ran six furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.94 to earn her seventh win in 14 starts. A daughter of Devil His Due, Geeky Gorgeous has earned $306,140.

“We’ve always liked this filly since she was a 2-year-old,” Lopez said. “She’s gotten better and better each year.  We’ll look for another stakes race with her next month.”

Gunfighter finished second, a half-length in front of 17-1 outsider Saucy Don. Partyallnightlong broke slowly and finished last as the even-money favorite.

Jersey Girl: Princess Perfect in front all the way

Princess Perfect, sent to the front by jockey Victor Santiago, gave trainer Claudio Gonzalez his third straight win on the card and first career stakes victory in the $61,800 Jersey Girl Handicap for fillies and mares.

Princess Perfect ($20.40), coming out of a first-level allowance win on Aug. 24, led throughout the 1 1/16-mile race and finished 1 ½ lengths in front of First Acquital. It was another 10 ¼ lengths back to Elba. The winning time was 1:46.28.

“Victor did a great job,” Gonzalez said. “He went out there and put up 24 and 48 [seconds] and they were going easy.  She really ran a great race.”

Ima Jersey Girl, the defending champion, raced in contention for about a half-mile, tired badly, and was pulled up in the stretch as the even-money favorite. She walked off the track without assistance.

A daughter of Crafty Friend owned by Somraj Singh, Princess Perfect has now won 4 of 33 starts and $148,207.

Hesse Handicap: Sierra Ancha scores at 12-1

Sierra Ancha survived a stewards’ inquiry and a claim of foul to post a $27.40 upset in the $64,200 Charles Hesse III Handicap.

A 4-year-old gelding ridden by Sharon Uske, Sierra Ancha rallied on the outside of a three-horse battle in the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile race with 18-1 longshot In God’s Country and 3-1 Crafty Concorde  and prevailed by a half-length. In God’s Country outfinished 3-1 second choice Crafty Concorde by a neck to get second. The winning time was 1:45.92.

In God’s Country was in a tight squeeze between horses and exchanged bumps with Sierra Ancha. Jockey Francisco Maysonette claimed foul for interference in the stretch run, but after reviewing the videotape, the stewards did not change the order of finish.

“I thought there was plenty of pace in the race to set him up,” Uske said.  “I had a pretty good hold of him the whole way and he came running in the stretch.”

A son of Mo Mon trained by Edward Barney for owner Ramona Barney, Sierra Ancha has now won 3 of 13 starts and $134,125.