06/11/2006 11:00PM

Mott inches shy of sweep


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Icy Atlantic stole the Battlefield Stakes and the improving Quite a Bride scored her third straight win in the Trenton Stakes on an all-turf card Monday at The Meadowlands Racetrack.

The eight-race program was run on a course listed as yielding at the start but upgraded to good for the third race. The first four races were run with a temporary rail set at 17 feet; the last four, including both $60,000 stakes, were run against the permanent fence.

The card was the second of three all-grass Mondays scheduled at The Meadowlands to fill the New Jersey turf void until Monmouth's new course debuts on June 24.

The first Monday, June 5, was rained out. The final one is set for June 19.

Icy Atlantic ($11.20), trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Chris DeCarlo, took advantage of an absence of speed in the Battlefield. The 5-year-old Icy Atlantic shot to the front, opened a huge lead while setting a moderate pace, and held off a late charge from Old Forester by a head.

"It didn't look like anybody wanted the lead," said assistant trainer Tristan Barry. "I told Chris to help him out by letting him run away from there a little bit."

Icy Atlantic ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.94.

Spring House was third, followed by 8-5 favorite Hotstufanthensome.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was inches away from a stakes sweep. Mott just missed with Old Forester, one race after taking the Trenton for 3-year-old fillies with Quite a Bride.

The Trenton, originally on the June 5 card, marked Quite a Bride's stakes debut. She was up to the challenge, remaining unbeaten in three races since shifting to the turf.

Her two previous efforts were at Gulfstream Park, where she opened up clear leads and coasted home.

Quite a Bride ($5.40) again jumped out front but soon had company as Capozzene slid through an inside opening entering the first turn.

Quite a Bride, with Eddie Castro aboard, disposed of Capozzene turning for home and kicked away to a 2 3/4-length victory over Kitty Hawk. The time was 1:41.87 for the 1 1/16 miles.

Mott said her next race could be Monmouth's Grade 3, $150,000 Boiling Springs Stakes on July 4.