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Saturday, August 17
Magic Storm upsets in Monmouth BC Oaks



OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Magic Storm scored an upset win in the $250,000 Grade II Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks at Monmouth Park.

Eddie King, a last minute substitute for injured rider Chuckie Lopez, guided Magic Storm to the half-length victory over Alternate. Bronze Autumn placed third in the blanket finish.

Lopez was injured after being unseated in the prior race when his horse, Szep, stumbled while turning for home.

"What a pick-up mount,'' King said. "This filly has run some nice races in the past. She has a lot of talent, but she hasn't been able to put it all together yet.''

Magic Storm, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, posted her first stakes victory as she ran the 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-old fillies in 1:51 over the fast track. She earned $150,000 for the win.

Magic Storm, the longest shot in the compact five-horse field, paid $21.80, $6.00 and $2.60. Alternate paid $3.20 and $2.10. Bronze Autumn returned $2.40 to win.

The race has had a major impact on the Breeders' Cup. The last two Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks winners, Spain (2000) and Unbridled Elaine (2001) won the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Meanwhile, Lopez was diagnosed with a bruised tailbone after being taken off the track on a stretcher. He later was transferred to Monmouth Medical Center for X-rays.

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