10/14/2010 2:34PM

Tough draw for Lady Alexander

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Lady Alexander has drawn the rail for Saturday's College of New Jersey Stakes at Monmouth Park.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Bruce Alexander had the post-position blues after the draw for the $70,000 College of New Jersey Stakes for fillies and mares on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Lady Alexander, the star of his stable this summer, landed the rail – rarely a good spot going six furlongs at Monmouth.

Lady Alexander faces eight rivals in the bid for a third stakes this year at Monmouth. She captured the Red Cross in early June and the Regret on the Haskell Day undercard. Alexander gave the 4-year-old a freshening following a third-place effort in the Trenton Stakes in the mud on Aug. 22.

“I feel she’s good,” Alexander said. “I think, preparation-wise, I’m coming into the race really good.”

Except for the post.

“It’s not the post position of choice, normally,” Alexander said. “She’s got enough speed to place herself reasonably well without compromising herself too much.”

One of Alexander’s chief concerns is Amazed by Grace who starts next to his filly. In the past, Amazed by Grace has flashed strong early speed. A 4-year-old, Amazed by Grace makes her first start since running third in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita last December.

“With the bad draw, I’ve got a very fast horse right outside of me,” Alexander said. “It’s hard to think she won’t be lapped right on me. It’s just not a good scenario.”

D’wild Ride is another source of concern, coming off a lucrative win in an $110,000 money-allowance race at Philadelphia Park. She was a game second to Lady Alexander in this year’s Regret, a stakes D’wild Ride won in 2009.

The New Jersey-bred Emily Allstar looks to extend her winning streak to three. She battled hard most recently to capture the Jersey Girl Stakes for statebreds by a head.

Eillo: Joey P. gets another week

Joey P. caught a break when the Eillo Stakes did not fill last weekend.

Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. felt the popular New Jersey-bred needed one more work before launching a comeback.

He got it last Sunday: three furlongs in 34.80 seconds at Monmouth.

With the Eillo in jeopardy, Perkins entered Joey P. in a stakes Friday night at Charles Town.

Now that the Eillo is set for Saturday at Monmouth, Joey P. will likely remain at the track where the 8-year-old gelding is 13-6-1 in 24 starts.

He has not run since a second-place finish to Unwritten in the John J. Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-breds on May 29, sidelined with a what Perkins calls a “nasty quarter crack. It needed to grow down. We had been working on him for a while, but it comes to a point where you have to let nature take over.”

As has always been the case, Joey P. did not require much training.

“He comes to hand quickly,” Perkins said. “He gets his muscle tone back quickly. He’s a horse that likes to train. He just likes racing.”

Joe Bravo will ride.

Unwritten has not won since beating Joey P. in the Reilly. Also a New Jersey-bred, Unwritten has a pair of seconds and a third, all in stakes, since the Reilly for trainer Rick Dutrow.

Paco Lopez picks up the mount on Unwritten, the odds-on favorite in his last two races.