09/16/2006 12:00AM

Who's the Cowboy impressive


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Owner Gerry Sleeter tossed and turned all night, debating whether to scratch Who's the Cowboy from the $100,000 Friendly Lover Handicap on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Sleeter opted to run and was rewarded with a fourth straight stakes win by the 4-year-old Who's the Cowboy. The effort was easily the most impressive during the fourth annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival.

Three days of continuous rain ended Saturday morning, giving way to a bright, sun-splashed afternoon for the card, which featured 10 races, including four stakes, exclusively for New Jersey-breds.

The wet track was but one factor troubling Sleeter. So were the weight assignment of 127 pounds and the fact that Who's the Cowboy had raced only 12 days earlier.

"I thought about it all night long," Sleeter said. "But heck, it was Jersey Day. I might as well let him run."

Seventh in the early stages, as John's Pic and Brucker's Brother battled through a 44.22-second half-mile, Who's the Cowboy roared into contention on the turn with Eddie King Jr. aboard.

"It was the most impressive move I've ever seen him put in," King said. "When I chirped at him and he picked his head up, it was amazing."

Who's the Cowboy blew past the pack on his way to a 4 1/4-length victory in 1:08.42 for the six furlongs on the good track.

Hey Chub got second, with Brucker's Brother third.

Eleven North: Wild Gams beats elders

Wild Gams ($3.60) had already established her credentials this season with wins in the Grade 3 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct and a neck loss in the Grade 1 Prioress Breeders' Cup Stakes at Belmont Park.

Wild Gams, 3, needed all of that class to pull out the win in her first start against older runners in the $100,000 Eleven North Handicap for fillies and mares.

"She's run with tough horses this year and I think that carried her to the wire," said trainer Ben Perkins Jr.

Wild Gams, with Joe Bravo aboard for his second stakes win of the day and fourth win overall, beat Pure Disco by a neck despite getting carried wide at the top of the lane.

"She lost a lot of momentum," Bravo said. "She had the will to win."

In the blanket finish, Beautiful East was only a head behind Pure Disco in third. The time for the six furlongs was 1:09.61.

Jersey Breeders': 'Peach' upsets

Jersey Peach pulled off the upset in the $125,000 Jersey Breeders' Handicap, the richest of the four stakes. Jersey Peach ($24.60) pulled away to a 6 1/2-length win over Fagedaboudit Sal, the 28-1 shot who set the pace in the 1 1/16-mile race timed in 1:43.70.

Chris DeCarlo rode the winner for the first time for trainer Joe Orseno.

"I just kept on riding him hard to the wire," DeCarlo said. "I saw in his chart he has a tendency to wait on horses. He kind of did that a little bit today. When he made the lead, I hit him twice and he went on."

Jersey Girl: 'I'mtoogood' scores

I'mtoogoodtobetrue ($2.80) scored her third stakes win of the meet with a three-quarter-length victory over Final Assault in the $100,000 Jersey Girl Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

Hung four wide through the first half mile, the 4-year-old I'mtoogoodtobetrue took charge on the final turn under Bravo. She opened a three-length lead at the top of the stretch only to see that margin dwindle as Final Assault made a run.

I'mtoogoodtobetrue, trained by Ned Allard, was timed in 1:45.09 on the drying-out track, labeled muddy early in the card.