Checked while racing down the backstretch then lacking room at the top of the stretch, Florida-bred Beauty of the Sea found room on the rail to win the $100,000 Goldwood by a length-and-a-quarter at Monmouth Park Saturday. In defeating eight other fillies and mares going five-and-a-half furlongs on the turf, Beauty of the Sea won her second stakes at Monmouth after taking the $104,000 Blue Sparkler there last July.

Sent to the post as the 4-5 favorite, Beauty of the Sea raced in third on the rail as Bosserati went to the front, a length ahead of Florida-bred All That Magic in second coming out of the turf chute. As they turned down the backstretch, Bosserati continued to lead All That Magic when Beauty of the Sea hit the rail and had to steady. All That Magic advanced to the outside of Bosserati around the far turn as Beauty of the Sea recovered to track them with a ground-saving trip from a length-and-a-half back in third.

All That Magic tried to challenge Bosserati at the top of the stretch as Lopez moved Beauty of the Sea off the rail, only to be shut off by the two leaders. Lopez steered Beauty of the Sea back inside and she promptly shot to the front inside the final sixteenth to win convincingly in 1:02.70 on the firm turf.

Queen of the Mud (Ire) ran late to get second with Bosserati third. They were followed in order by Drifaros, All That Magic, Hollywood Walk, Velikiy, Frau Diablo and La Traviesa.

Trained by Joe Orseno for Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC, Beauty of the Sea paid $3.80 to win.

It was the second win in three starts this year for Beauty of the Sea, who won the $75,000 Golden Beach overnight handicap at Gulfstream Park going five furlongs on the turf on April 28. More recently, she was second to Tony Ann in an upper level, $175,000 optional claiming going five-and-a-half furlongs on the Churchill Downs grass on June 7.

She has now won half of her 10 career starts with one second and the $60,000 first-place check boosted her earnings to $244,410.

Beauty of the Sea is by Bucchero out of the unraced Florida-bred mare Belong to Sea, by Poseidon’s Warrior. She was bred in Florida by Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc. Belong to Sea has two winners from two starters with Beauty of the Sea her only black-type winner.

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