08/19/2002 12:00AM

Monmouth Park: Magic Storm takes Oaks


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Magic Storm, the longest shot in the five-horse field, won the Grade 2, $250,000 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks by a half-length over 7-10 favorite Alternate.

With Sixtyone Margaux and Bronze Autumn setting moderate fractions on the lead, Magic Storm stalked the pace alongside Seba, with Alternate sitting five lengths off the pacesetters. Turning for home, Magic Storm was near the back of the pack and looked out of the race. But jockey Eddie King took Magic Storm to the outside at the eighth pole, and she surged through to victory.

Magic Storm ($21.80), trained by D. Wayne Lukas, crossed the wire in 1:51.17 for nine furlongs. Bronze Autumn was third, followed by Sixtyone Margaux and Seba.