07/14/2012 6:21PM

Monmouth Park: Well Spelled goes from last to first in Jersey Shore Stakes

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Well Spelled rallied from last to win the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. won the inaugural running of the Jersey Shore Stakes in 1992 with Surely Six, when the race was contested at Atlantic City Race Course.

It’s taken a long time, but Perkins finally scored again in the Jersey Shore for 3-year-old sprinters as Well Spelled rallied from last Saturday to beat Cape Cod Canal by 1 1/2 lengths at Monmouth Park.

Rallying widest of all, Well Spelled got his third win in nine starts. The time was 1:11.17 for the six furlongs in the Grade 3, $100,000 stakes. He paid $13.20 to win.

“It took him a while to get the right style,” Perkins said. “Now that he’s got it, it definitely helped him.”

It also was a big effort for Cape Cod Canal, making only his third start while stepping up to a stakes following his maiden win. He launched a three-wide bid on the turn and briefly held the lead at the top of the lane.

Scaramagna was third.

Isn’t He Clever, the even-money favorite, got fourth after taking a hard bump at the break. He recovered to join the pack, but could not find clear running room in the lane.

Wildcat Creek was fifth, with Rass Stone the trailer.