Updated on 09/17/2011 11:01PM

Wildcat Heir wins Teddy Drone Stakes

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Wildcat Heir, and jockey Stewart Elliott, win the $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes at Monmouth Park.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Wildcat Heir returned in spectacular fashion with a 5 3/4 length romp in the $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes on the Haskell Day undercard Sunday at Monmouth Park.

In his first race since winning the Grade 1 DeFrancis Memorial in November, Wildcat Heir ran the six furlongs in 1:08.59 on the fast track.

He didn't miss a beat, even with the layoff.

Wildcat Heir ($6) sat third behind a speed duel between War's Prospect and Toscani. Those two blazed the half mile in 43.64 seconds.

When Stewart Elliot turned the 5-year-old loose, Wildcat Heir blew past those fading rivals with a powerful three-wide sweep. Wildcat Heir edged away under a brisk hand ride.

"It was great to see him back at the top of his game," Elliott said. "He's a real good horse and he showed that today."

Trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. hoped to have the horse back sooner but circumstances intervened.

"We had planned to have him ready for the beginning of this meet but there were a lot of little things that came up, nothing serious," said Perkins. "We took our time with him and when we saw this race, we pointed for it."

Wildcat Heir was held back by a foot injury in Florida and a popped curb in New Jersey.

Forest Park got second with Judiths Wild Rush third.

**** Areek pulled off the upset in the $100,000 Regret Stakes for filly and mare sprinters when the pacesetting Pretty Imposing slowed to a crawl.

Pretty Imposing rocketed out of the gate and opened an unsustainable seven-length lead through a half mile in 43.80 seconds.

When she ran out of gas, the race was up for grabs. My Trusty Cat, winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff this spring at Churchill Downs, kicked in but Areek had the best rally.

Areek ($17.80) was largely overlooked even though she was 2-for-3 at the meet, including a pacesetting win in the slop in the three-horse Red Cross Stakes on July 17.

She took the Regret by a head over My Trusty Cat with Silver Bird third.

Areek was ridden by Jose Velez, Jr. for trainer Mark Hennig.

"I was just hoping to get there in time," Velez said.

* Friel's For Real ($20) closed relentlessly to win the $100,000 Lady's Secret Stakes for fillies and mares by a half-length over Diavla with La Reason third.

Elliott scored his second stakes win of the afternoon. The 5-year-old mare trained by Ned Allard ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.09.

* The continually improving Network ($9) extended his winning streak to four as he rallied up the fence to win the $100,000 Lamplighter Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf.

Owner-trainer Eddie Broome claimed Network for $62,500 in January at Gulfstream Park.

Network, with Javier Castellano aboard, beat the pacesetting Touched by Madness by a half length with Spring House third.

Network ran the mile in 1:35.96.

* Trueamericanspirit ($9.20) got up by a nose over Hurricane Shockey to win the $60,000 Lincroft Handicap for New Jersey breds.

It was the second straight Lincroft victory for the gray gelding trained by Tim Hills and ridden by Rajiv Maragh.

Trueamericanspirit ran the 1 mile, 70 yards in 1:42.02.

* Purge ($3.40), making his first start since March, trounced an allowance field by 12 lengths. He ran the 1 mile, 70 yards in 1:41.33 with Chris DeCarlo riding for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Purge, last year's Jim Dandy Stakes winner, had been slated to make his comeback in a Saratoga allowance race on July 27. He was scratched from that spot when he washed out in the pre-race detention barn.