09/18/2011 5:13PM

Monmouth: Stormy Dixie sets course record winning Politely

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Stormy Dixie, under Chuck Lopez, holds off Nefertiti by a neck to win the Politely.

Stormy Dixie capitalized on some fast early fractions to earn her first stakes victory in course-record time in Sunday’s $60,000 Politely Stakes at Monmouth Park.

A 5-year-old mare ridden by Chuck Lopez for trainer Alan Goldberg, Stormy Dixie ($12) ran down tiring pacesetter Marquet Madness in deep stretch and held off 25-1 outsider Nefertiti by a neck. Marquet Madness, who led by as many as 3 1/2 lengths after the first six furlongs in 1:09.55 and was still three lengths in front with a furlong remaining, got leg weary late and had to settle for third, three-quarters of a length behind runner-up Nefertiti.

The winning time of 1:39.74 for 1 1/16 miles on firm turf erased the record of 1:39.81 set by the 3-year-old filly My Princess Jess on June 28, 2008.

“They outran us pretty quickly and I just wanted to take a hold of her and save as much ground as possible,” Lopez said.  “In the stretch, I knew I was going to catch them, I just didn’t want to run out of racetrack.”

Stormy Dixie, fourth in her only other stakes appearance, has now won 4 of 17 starts and $197,540.