08/22/2008 11:00PM

Monmouth Park: Renda romps


Renda pulled away to a seven-length victory over Countess Seagrape in the $60,000 Junior Champion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Both the Junior Champion and the $70,000 Omnibus Stakes for fillies and mares were scheduled for the turf. They were moved to the main track when a Thursday night sprinkler malfunction soaked a portion of the course at the top of the stretch, wiping out grass racing on Friday and Saturday.

As a result, Renda's turf debut will have to wait.

Renda, a daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, got her second win in four races, benefiting from easier company in the Junior Champion. She ran fifth in her previous two, both Grade 3 stakes: the Debutante at Churchill Downs and the Schuylerville at Saratoga.

The stakes experience served her well as Renda ($4.60) ranged into contention on the final turn of the one-mile race and professionally took charge in the lane under moderate urging from jockey Sebastian Madrid.

"I had the perfect trip," Madrid said. "It could not have been better. She traveled very comfortably today."

And now Renda has a stakes win for her resume.

"She was prepared to go either way, turf or dirt," said trainer Juan Arias. "She got pinched back a little bit in the beginning but when she angled out, she ran well. She was very professional, and the distance is no problem for her."

Maxinkuckee Miss was third, followed by Glamorous Gal, South Ocean Drive, and First Colony.

The time was 1:40.05 on the fast track.

* Almonsoon ($4) beat Seeking an Angel by seven lengths in the Omnibus, shortened one furlong to 1 1/4 miles and reduced to only four runners on the surface switch. Jose Velez Jr. was aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher.