August 15, 2015

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Peewter Stable's Joya Real found room between horses late in the stretch and won the $60,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes by a neck Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Trained by Kate DeMasi, Joya Real ran the 5 1/2 furlongs over the turf in 1:01 4/5 in winning for the eighth time in 23 starts. The Roberto Alvarado Jr. -ridden 6-year-old returned $5.40, $3.80 and $2.60.

Aquinnah finished second and paid $5.60 and $3.80. Srikinglybeautiful finished another head-length back and was $6.20 to show.

''Turning for home I asked her, the hole opened up, and she just exploded the last part of the race,'' Alvarado said.

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