07/31/2008 11:00PM

Social Queen fresh for Matchmaker


OCEANPORT, N.J. - A refreshed Social Queen is the horse to beat in the Grade 3, $150,000 Matchmaker Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

The Matchmaker, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, is one of seven supporting stakes on the Haskell Day undercard.

The Matchmaker also awards the first three finishers a stallion breeding to a Taylor Made Farms stud.

Social Queen has a history of running well when fresh. A 4-year-old trained by Alan Goldberg, Social Queen kicked off this season ready to run at Monmouth, capturing the Politely Stakes and the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap with her usual potent rally.

Rested since the Eatontown on June 14, she should be a major factor on a course where she is 4 for 5.

Jose Lezcano, aboard for the last two victories, has the return call on Social Queen.

Waquoit's Love bids for her first stakes win. A gray 5-year-old trained by Tim Hills, Waquoit's Love turned the corner last fall, putting together a stretch of three wins in four races.

That run ended in the Grade 3 Suwannee River Handicap in the spring at Gulfstream Park, where she finished fourth but was elevated to third on a disqualification.

Waquoit's Love returned to make a strong late run to miss by only a head in the Caress Stakes at Belmont Park in late June.

"She's got big flat feet, like a typical turf horse," Hills said. "After running third, she had a badly bruised foot. Everything came to a screeching stop for about a month. She's a really big mare. It just took us a long time to get her fit again."

Hills loved the way Waquoit's Love breezed four furlongs in 49.40 seconds around the cones on the Monmouth turf Wednesday,

"She had a terrific work around the dogs the other day," Hills said. "It was amazing how fast she worked considering for how far out she was."

In a vote of confidence, Edgar Prado retains the mount. Prado will be at Monmouth to ride Atoned in the Haskell.

Cozzi Capital, Dancing Band, J'ray, Paris Winds, Dyna's Lassie, Eclisse, and Prop Me Up complete the field.

Joey P. rematched with Maddy's Lion

Big Brown will undoubtedly generate a large cheer when he steps onto the track for the Haskell.

The second-most popular horse on the Haskell Day card might be Monmouth's own Joey P.

A 6-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding, Joey P. tackles open company in the $100,000 Teddy Drone at six furlongs.

Joey P. is closing in on $900,000 in career earnings, most of that coming at Monmouth, where he is 12 for 20. Most recently, he set the pace in Monmouth's Mr. Prospector Stakes, only to be nipped by a neck by the hard-charging Maddy's Lion, who returns for a rematch.

Trainer King Leatherbury sends up Ah Day from Maryland. The winner of 10 of 22 races, he last ran in January, posting a 4 3/4-length win in Laurel's Fire Plug Stakes.

* Dixie Dreamer finds an easier spot, the $100,000 Regret Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs, following a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney at Calder.

Coli Bear, My Sister Sue, and Princess Janie, the first three finishers in Monmouth's Blue Sparkler Stakes, all return in this spot.

* Meal Penalty carries a three-race winning streak into the Jersey Derby for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Meal Penalty's first two wins came on synthetic tracks at Keeneland and Arlington Park. He made a successful transition to grass last time out, posting a front-running win in the Arlington Classic.

Prado will ride for trainer Todd Pletcher, the same team that sends out Atoned in the Haskell.

* Fagedaboudit Sal, a 39-1 upset winner in an overnight stakes on the grass, switches back to the main track to take on New Jersey-breds going a mile and 70 yards in the $100,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap.

* Talkin About Love captured an allowance race here last month to end a four-race losing streak dating back to last summer's Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. She will try to carry that momentum into the $100,000 Lady's Secret Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.