Updated on 09/17/2011 5:49PM

Aclassysassylassy cruises to series sweep

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Michele Blanco
Aclassysassylassy sweeps the 2004 Florida Stallion Stakes by winning the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes on Saturday.

MIAMI - Aclassysassylassy completed her sweep of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes with a 1 3/4-length victory over Babaganush in Saturday's $400,000 . Aclassysassylassy, who registered similar one-sided wins in the Desert Vixen and Susan's Girl Stakes, became only the second filly to sweep the Stallion Stakes in the 24-year history of the series.

Aclassysassylassy, the 4-5 favorite, raced behind embattled leaders Babaganush and Yes It's Gold into the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl. Babaganush survived the early battle but could offer only mild resistance when challenged by Aclassysassylassy near midstretch. Babaganush was easily second best, though, in a field of 10 juvenile fillies.

Aclassysassylassy is owned in partnership by trainer Dave Vivian, Vivian's wife, Barbara, and their longtime partner Dominic Vittese. She covered the distance in 1:48.20 and paid $3.80.

"She's gotten me out of hock," said Dave Vivian. "She's bred for turf on both sides, but I'd hate to take her off the dirt, because you hate to mess with something that's working."

B B Best returns to form

B B Best has been an enigma for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. thus far in his juvenile campaign. Fortunately, Plesa solved that riddle when it counted most, sending B B Best to a 3 1/2-length victory over Anthony J. in the $400,000 .

B B Best had won three of his five previous starts in convincing fashion, including the Dr. Fager division of the Stallion Stakes. But he was also soundly defeated as the odds-on favorite on two other occasions, including the Affirmed division at seven furlongs.

B B Best controlled the 1 1/16-mile In Reality from the beginning under regular rider Eddie Castro. He settled into the stretch with a comfortable advantage, then remained clear of the late-running Anthony J. despite drifting near the end. New York invader Closing Argument was a distant third as the 6-5 favorite.

B B Best, who had never gone off at odds higher than 3-5 before Saturday, paid $16.

"He's a free-running horse who doesn't like to be taken a hold of so the strategy was to let him run away from there," said Plesa. "He'd worked a mile several times, so I was confident he would get the added distance."

Eddington wins turf debut

Eddington made his turf debut a winning one here Saturday, when he rallied to a hard-fought head decision over 40-1 Bob's Proud Moment in the $200,000 .

Eddington, winless since capturing a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 28, was shuffled to the back of the pack during the early stages of the Grade 3 Calder Derby. He improved his position under jockey Eibar Coa entering the stretch, then burst through a narrow opening leaving the eighth pole to run down Bob's Proud Moment in the final strides. Capias rallied to finish third but was disqualified for causing interference in deep stretch.

Icy Atlantic, the 2-1 favorite, faltered in the final furlong and checked home a tiring sixth.

Eddington, who has finished third in three Grade 1 races this season, including the Travers and Preakness, paid $7.40. He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.20 over a good course.

"He deserves to finally get a graded win, and this opens a lot of doors for him," said Mark Hennig, who trains Eddington for Willmott Stables Inc. "This doesn't mean we'll concentrate solely on grass with him, but this victory should be just what he needs to get his confidence back on either surface."

Hopelessly Devoted comes through

Trainer Sandra Slivka picked what appeared to be a tough spot for the turf debut of Hopelessly Devoted, a former claimer, in the $200,000 Calder Oaks. But like Eddington, Hopelessly Devoted handled the turf flawlessly en route to a 2 3/4-length victory over Vous in the 1 1/8-mile .

Spotlight, the 2-5 favorite, was hung four wide around the final turn while challenging for the lead. She came up empty in the final furlong and finished fourth.

Hopelessly Devoted ($27.40), whom Slivka claimed for $25,000 out of her career debut at Calder last December, received a perfect ride from Cornelio Velasquez. A four-time Calder jockey champion, Velasquez maneuvered Hopelessly Devoted into perfect position behind the early leaders before slipping her through an ample opening along the hedge and drawing off in the final furlong.

"Her dam had three starters, two of whom won on grass, and her action suggested she would like the turf," said Slivka, who trains Hopelessly Devoted for the Liberty Stable. "We took a shot, and everything worked to our advantage, and Cornelio rode a beautiful race."

Hopelessly Devoted, an easy winner of Delaware's Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup Handicap over the main track in mid-June, earned $120,000 for her Oaks victory to increase her career bankroll to nearly $380,000.

* Built Up ($7.20) gave jockey Eibar Coa his third stakes win on the card when outlasting Super Frolic in the Grade 3 $100,000 . Coa also won the Calder Derby aboard Eddington and the Shocker T. Handicap on Redoubled Miss ($6.20).

G P's Black Knight ($14.20) and Running Bobcats ($7) captured the other two stakes on the card.