EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Bleecker Street, who won at first asking at Monmouth Park on Aug. 21, followed that up with another win off a nine-week layoff, shooting the rail coming out of the turn and going on to a 1½-length victory in Saturday’s featured $45,000 allowance during the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet.
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Hector Diaz, Jr., the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Quality Road, a $400,000 yearling purchase, was rated patiently in fifth during the opening half of the one-mile race over a firm turf course.
Diaz found an opening on the rail coming out of the final turn as pace-setter Moon Chant tired and began drifting out. The winning time was 1:35.91.
Moon Chant set early fractions of :23.73, :47.37 and 1:11.04 while being pressed by Aldina and Ask Around before giving way.
Bleecker Street, owned by Peter M. Brant, then sustained her momentum through the stretch, easily holding off the late run of Empires First Lady. It was a nose back to Speed Salsa in third.
Bleecker Street returned $7.60 to win.
The final racing card of the seven-day Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will be Saturday, Oct. 30. First race post time is 7 p.m.
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Bleecker Street ridden by Hector Diaz, Jr. won the 5th Race at The Monmouth Park at Meadowlands on Saturday October 23, 2021. Photo By Ryan Denver/ EQUI-PHOTO