09/10/2011 5:50PM

Monmouth Park: Golden Mystery runs hard to win Mongo Queen Stakes

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Golden Mystery scores a front-running victory in the Mongo Queen Stakes at Monmouth Park.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Golden Mystery, making her debut for trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero, won an early speed duel and held off a late run from D’cats Meow to win the $61,200 Mongo Queen Stakes for filly and mare sprinters Saturday at Monmouth Park.

A 5-year-old previously based in Florida, Golden Mystery ran hard in the early stages to fend off Winning Image through fractions of 21.83 seconds and 44.55.

Golden Mystery and jockey Angel Serpa assumed a solid lead turning for home and dug in to comfortably hold off 9-5 second choice D’cats Meow by three lengths.

Golden Mystery had shown enough in the mornings at Parx Racing to pump up Guerrero’s confidence.

“This filly has been doing very well,” Guerrero said. “We were looking to get a race at Parx, like a money allowance, to make it a little easier, but it didn’t go over there. She has been training phenomenal, doing everything right. She’s got the talent. It’s just a matter of making her nice and happy.”

Golden Mystery, the third choice at 5-1, picked up her sixth win in 24 starts.

The time was 1:09.02 for the six furlongs.

Winning Image was third, followed by even-money favorite Hour Glass, Puddy de Luca, and Tiz Rising.