A Unique Treasure wins in Monmouth Park co-feature

A Unique Treasure and Twelve Pack Shelley won the two $100,000

featured races at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

A Unique Treasure scored a front-running 1 3/4-length victory in

the $100,000 My Frenchman Stakes. Twelve Pack Shelly held on by a

length to capture the $100,000 Colleen Stakes.

A Unique Treasure covered the 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf course

in 1:01 2-5 with Elvis Trujillo in the saddle. The Jane

Cibelli-trained 5-year-old paid $14.40, $6 and $3 in winning for

the sixth time in 21 starts.

True to Tradition rallied for second and paid $5 and $3.60. It

was another length back to General Perfect, who was $3.20 to

show.

Barge, the 5-2 favorite, was sixth in the field of eight colts

and geldings.

”I was a little worried going into the race that there wasn’t

that much speed,” Cibelli said. ”Usually he likes a target to run

at. But he broke so sharply and it wouldn’t have made any sense to

wrangle him back after that. Elvis did a great job nursing him

along.”

In the Colleen Stakes, Twelve Pack Shelly battled early with

Tomica’s Sprit, opened daylight turning for home and then held off

the late charge of R Heat Lightning to take the 5 1/2 furlong test

in 1:05.

Trained by John E. Salzman Jr., Twelve Pack Shelly returned $7,

$3.60 and $2.60. R Heat Lightning paid $3.40 and $2.10. It was

another 7 3/4 lengths back to post-time favorite Sleepless Dixie,

who returned $2.20 to show in the field of six 2-year-old

fillies.

”She had a perfect trip, not too fast,” winning jockey Harry

Vega said. ”I always thought she was a good horse since I first

got on her. She’s shown me that she wants to win.”

The victory was the third in five lifetime starts for Twelve

Pack Shelly.

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