05/28/2007 12:00AM

Top Cross flies through the stretch


Top Cross vaulted from fifth to first on the turn, then quickened to the wire to win the $60,000 Lamplighter for 3-year-olds on Monday at Monmouth Park like a 4-5 shot should - without a moment of anxiety.

Ridden clear of traffic and three wide up the backstretch by Chris DeCarlo, Top Cross made a spectacular move for the lead, passing the first four runners in matter of about 10 or 11 strides. He hit the wire 3 1/4 lengths ahead of 13-1 shot Chaluiwitcane, who beat the pace-setting 8-1 shot Encaustic for second by 1 1/4 lengths in the field of eight.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, Top Cross covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in a quick 1:41 and paid $3.60.

A son of Gone West out of the Dayjur mare Top Order, Top Cross is bred for turf and has now won 3 of his 5 lifetime starts, all on grass.

It was a different story in the $65,000 Frisk Me Now as the 2-5 favorite, Accountforthegold, sat a far-back second behind the blistering pace of Gottcha Gold, moved to striking distance turning for home, then failed to accelerate further while the 11-1 shot Indy Wind flew by them both to win by 1 3/4 lengths.

Gottcha Gold, who set fractions of 44.08 seconds for the half-mile and 1:08.76 for six furlongs in the mile and 70-yard race, held for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Accountforthegold.

Ridden by Kyle Branch for trainer Amy Tarrant, Indy Wind was fifth in the field of seven up the backstretch, about 13 lengths behind Gottcha Gold. But Indy Wind was third turning for home, and moving the fastest.

A 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy owned by Hardacre Farm, Indy Wind was timed in 1:39.54 and paid $25.40. It was his fifth win in 11 lifetime starts. For Tarrant, it was only her second win this year, and her 33rd starter.