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Mighty Mischief, Moonlite Strike Head Jersey Shore Field
Mighty Mischief after winning the Chick Lang (Credit: Maryland Jockey Club)

Mighty Mischief, Moonlite Strike Head Jersey Shore Field

OCEANPORT, NJMighty Mischief, who won the Chick Lang (G3) at Pimlico 2 starts back, and Moonlite Strike, third in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), head a field of seven 3-year-olds for Sunday’s $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park.

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Trained by Steve Asmussen, Mighty Mischief has done little wrong in his 5-race career with 3 wins and 2 seconds and earnings of $275,200 – all accomplished at the 6-furlong distance of the Jersey Shore Stakes. The homebred son of Into Mischief was unraced as a 2-year-old.

Nik Juarez has the mount.

Moonlite Strike, trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., will be shortening up to 6 furlongs for the first time in his 8-race career. The son of Liam’s Map has won 3 of his lifetime starts.

The field includes the Ron Moquett-trained speedster Upstriker, a homebred son of Upstart coming off a 2-month layoff. He was second in his most recent start, a $100,000 optional claimer at 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs on June 19. He posted an impressive 6-length win at Oaklawn on May 1 in a $100,000 optional claimer at 6 furlongs.

Rounding out the field are Fire Sword, Real Talk, American Gentleman, and Indian Lake.

The 28th running of the Jersey Shore Stakes is carded as the 10th race on Sunday’s 11-race program. First race post time is 12:15 PM.

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