07/10/2010 11:00PM

Silver Timber can't catch General Perfect

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General Perfect, under Pablo Fragoso, pays $25 to win after upsetting the John McSorley Stakes.

General Perfect, taking advantage of a lack of early speed in the field, controlled the pace and knocked off heavy favorite Silver Timber to win the $100,000 on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

"My horse likes to run on the lead," said winning jockey Pablo Fragoso. "I just wanted to break well and give him the opportunity to race on the lead. I had plenty of horse the whole way and I knew nobody was going to be able to run us down."

Last in the early stages of the 5 1/2-furlong grass sprint, Silver Timber made a run on the turn to get into position, but General Perfect ($25) came into the stretch with a clear advantage after setting a moderate pace of 22:51 and 44.44 seconds, and would not relent. Silver Timber, an overwhelming favorite at 1-5, tried to wear down the leader late but he couldn't get close, with General Perfect maintaining a safe lead to the wire and winning by 1 1/2 lengths. Just Playin Around rallied for third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Silver Timber.

The Frank Costa-trained General Perfect covered the distance in 1:01.40 over a firm turf course and keyed a $60.00 exacta over the favorite.

Moneigh Lisa handles two-turn assignment

In the co-featured $100,000 , Moneigh Lisa ($32.80) rated very effectively in her first start around two turns and posted a 2 3/4-length upset over pacesetter Love That Dance and odds-on favorite Way With Words.

Moneigh Lisa was third in her last start, the six-furlong Open Mind Handicap, finishing 7 1/4 lengths behind Way With Words.

"We thought if we're going to stretch her out, let's try her in a statebred stakes and this race came up," said winning trainer Jane Cibelli.

Rating nicely just off Love That Dance under jockey Jose Lezcano, Moneigh Lisa made the lead after putting in a run at that leader into the far turn. She opened a clear lead through the lane, and Love That Dance was unable to mount a challenge, though she was able to save the place by three-quarters of a length over a rallying Way With Words, winner of the 2009 Spruce Fir.

A daughter of Mo Mon, Moneigh Lisa covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:42.17 over a fast track.

No happy homecoming for Godolphin stablemates

Earlier on the card, West Side Bernie and Atomic Rain, maiden winners at Monmouth in 2008 before being sold to Godolphin Racing following Triple Crown bids last year, made their local returns in an optional claimer, but neither was able to win.

West Side Bernie stumbled at the start and Atomic Rain was a victim of the race flow as Manteca ($7.40) parlayed a forward trip into a 2 3/4-length win in the third race, capitalizing on a relative lack of early speed in the short field. Atomic Rain did well to rally for the place, while West Side Bernie never recovered from the slow break and finished fifth, 6 1/2 lengths behind Manteca.

It was the second straight win for Manteca, who covered the 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:44.33.

Atomic Rain and West Side Bernie, who were campaigned by George and Lori Hall and trainer Kelly Breen before the private sale to Godolphin, were both making their first starts since disappointing performances in Dubai in February.