09/04/2006 12:00AM

Xchanger wins Sapling


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Xchanger survived a bumpy stretch run to win the Grade 3, $150,000 for 2-year-olds Monday at Monmouth Park.

Joe Bravo was aboard for his fourth win on the card. He went on to win two more on the 13-race card to tie the track record.

Xchanger ($11.60) is unbeaten in two starts, both at Monmouth. Trained by Mark Shuman, he debuted on Aug. 9 with a commanding 4 1/2-length win that convinced everyone connected to take the graded-stakes plunge.

"We've been excited about him for a while," Shuman said. "After the last race, Joe inquired about riding him back in this spot. He felt he had more horse left.

"He's turned into a nice horse and he looks like he can go farther."

Xchanger ranged into contention with a six-wide sweep on the turn. He collided solidly with Actin Good, the runner-up, in the stretch before digging in for a three-quarter-length win.

"He opened my eyes with a great race today," Bravo said. "Mark has a nice horse on his hands. I can't wait for him to go two turns."

Jose Velez Jr., Actin Good's rider, filed an objection, which the stewards rejected.

Xchanger ran the six furlongs in 1:10.68 on the fast track.

Velez fell off while pulling up Actin Good but was not injured. The colt jumped the outer fence and ran back to the barn area.

Buffalo Man was third followed by Air Lord, the 7-5 favorite, Datrick, King Barney, and First Cavalry.

Earlier, Who's the Cowboy rallied to win the $140,000 Icecapade Stakes at six furlongs by one length. The New Jersey-bred Who's the Cowboy has emerged as the top sprinter on the grounds with a third straight stakes win.

Eddie King was aboard for trainer Kevin Sleeter as the 4-year-old gelding was timed in 1:09.03. Weigelia was second, followed by Gold and Roses.