08/30/2001 11:00PM

Stakes tripleheader closes meet


The Monmouth Park meet closes Sunday with three stakes on a 10-race card.

The first stakes is the $75,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Six entered the Personal Ensign, including graded stakes winner Strolling Belle.

Trained by John Kimmel, Strolling Belle has been freshened since finishing sixth as the favorite in the $100,000 Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park on June 24.

Earlier this year, Strolling Belle finished second in the Affectionately Handicap at Aqueduct and then was a close second in a Big A allowance race to Serra Lake, who recently won the Grade 1 Go for Wand at Saratoga.

Kimmel has been preparing Strolling Belle for the Personal Ensign at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland, where she has been working bullets.

Strolling Belle drew the outside post and will have the meet's leading rider, Eibar Coa, in the saddle.

Search Party, trained by Shug McGaughey, comes off a fourth in an allowance race at Saratoga on Aug. 10 over a muddy track. Earlier in the summer, she easily won an allowance race at Mon-mouth Park, making her a threat in the Personal Ensign.

Roberto Alvarado has the mount on Search Party, who drew post 5.

Completing the field are Tookin Down, Quixote's Hope, Southern Fiction, and Hidden Spice.

The Miss Woodford, a $50,000 sprint for 3-year-old fillies, features Grade 1 winner Stormy Pick, who loves Monmouth Park. Ten entered the Miss Woodford, the ninth race on the program.

In July at Monmouth, Stormy Pick won the Dearly Precious Stakes by two lengths, but she finished fifth when she ran back as the heavy favorite in the Candy Eclair on Aug. 11.

Stormy Pick, who is trained by Ben Perkins Jr., will be ridden by Coa from post 8.

Kimbralata, a winner of five races this year, found the waters too deep when she finished fourth in the Grade 1 Test in July at Saratoga.

Completing the field are Distinct, Smock, Rippling Return, Gigi's Magic, Carafe, Irish Fantasy, Hazino, and Summer Shenanigans.

The eighth race, the $50,000 Spruce Fir, a mile grass race, brings together eight New Jersey-bred fillies and mares.

Racing shifts to The Meadow-lands on Monday for a special daytime Labor Day card.