08/02/2008 11:00PM

Narrow Oceanport win for Silver Tree


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Silver Tree got up by a neck in the Grade 3, $150,000 Oceanport Stakes, one of seven supporting stakes Sunday on the Haskell Invitational undercard at Monmouth Park.

It was one of three stakes wins on the afternoon for jockey Kent Desormeaux, including the Haskell with Big Brown.

“This is my favorite horse in the barn,” said Desormeaux, referring to trainer Bill Mott's stable. “This horse loves his job and always gives his best in every race.”

Silver Tree ($5.60), 8, earned his 14th career win with a bold move between rivals to secure the victory.

The pacesetting Giant Wrecker was second, with Hotstufanthensome, another 8-year-old, third.

The time was 1:40.05 for the 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf.

Matchmaker: J'ray kicks home

J’ray uncorked an explosive kick in the stretch, pulling away to a 1 3/4-length win in the Grade 3, $150,000 Matchmaker Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf.

Joe Bravo was up for trainer Todd Pletcher as J’ray ($12.80) got her first win of the season in six starts, all stakes.

“She ran by horses like they were fence posts,” Bravo said. “She’s a nice filly.”

Dyna’s Lassie was second with Cozzi Capital third. The time was 1:46.39 for the 1 1/8 miles on firm turf, coming close to the course mark of 1:46.08 set by Fishy Advice last year.

* Mr Maccool ($15) edged Atwell by a head to win the $100,000 Jersey Derby for 3-year-olds on the turf. Eddie Castro was aboard for trainer David Fawkes as the colt extended his winning streak to three. The time was 1:42.01 for the 1 1/16 miles.

* Cuba ($5.80) earned his fifth win in the last six starts with a 1 1/2-length victory over Bythebeautifulsea in the $100,000 Charles Hesse Handicap for New Jersey-breds. Pedro Cotto Jr. rode for trainer Bobby Dibona. The time was 1:41.51 for the mile and 70 yards.

* Rockerfeller ($7.20) posted a pacesetting win in the $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes, beating Joey P. by 3 3/4 lengths in the six-furlong race.

Third last time out in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder, Rockerfeller got his third win in the last four races for trainer Marty Wolfson. Eddie Castro was aboard for his third winner of the afternoon. The time was 1:08.09.

* Hungarian Boatbaby ($9.80) beat Solarana by one length in the $100,000 Regret Stakes for filly and mare sprinters. Trained by Tony Dutrow and ridden by Desormeaux, Hungarian Boatbaby got her fourth win in the last five races. She ran the six furlongs in 1:09.62.

* Salty Response ($16.40) was a dominant five-length winner in the $100,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles. Elvis Trujillo was aboard for trainer Steve Klesaris. The time was 1:43.20.