07/19/2002 11:00PM

An 'Allamerican' win in Oaks


STANTON, Del. - As Allamerican Bertie was being led into the winner's circle after her convincing victory Saturday in the $250,300 Delaware Oaks, co-owner Elaine Klein was overcome by a sudden rush of delight.

"We're going to Saratoga with her!" she exclaimed.

The 6 1/4-length score by Allamerican Bertie is her ticket to the Alabama Stakes, a Grade 1 race to be run Aug. 17 at Saratoga. Ridden by veteran Larry Melancon, Allamerican Bertie took command from Alternate on the backstretch of the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks, then steadily pulled away to her first stakes win.

"She doesn't make many mistakes," said Steve Flint, the Churchill Downs-based trainer for Bert, Elaine, and Richard Klein of Louisville, Ky. "She's learning and keeps getting better. I told the Kleins that the way she ran today, she deserves to go to the Alabama."

Allamerican Bertie, the third choice in a field of six 3-year-old fillies, returned $7.40 after finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.81 over a fast track. Alternate, the 9-5 favorite, held second, another 3 1/4 lengths before Pass the Virtue. Adoration, the 2-1 second choice, was eased late after closely tracking most of the pace.

"She just didn't handle the track," said Garrett Gomez, who rode Adoration.

The victory was the first in a graded race for the 41-year-old Flint, a former longtime assistant to his father, Bernie Flint. The elder Flint trained Allamerican Bertie's multiple stakes-winning half-sister, Hurricane Bertie, for the Flints.

Allamerican Bertie foiled what would have been a sweep of the three Saturday stakes by jockey Ramon Dominguez, who rode Alternate. Dominguez, easily the leading jockey at the current Delaware meet, rode New Economy and Bowman's Band to win two earlier stakes.

In those other stakes:

New Economy emerged from a tightly packed group at the top of the stretch to pull away to a 1 3/4-length triumph in the $146,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Trainer Graham Motion said earlier in the week that he believed New Economy was a candidate to bounce, having run so well off a layoff in winning an allowance prep last month. But New Economy, a 4-year-old Red Ransom filly owned by Robert Evans, ran powerfully again, rallying from seventh to win the 1 3/8-mile turf race in 2:17.78. She returned $6 as the favorite in a field of 10 fillies and mares.

Rhum finished a gritty second after tracking the pace the whole trip, a neck before Jennasietta. Caique was just another head back in fourth, with Lapuma another head back in fifth.

The Dick Memorial was the first stakes win for New Economy, who now has won four of nine starts.

Bowman's Band ran a terrific race to defeat an equally game Grundlefoot in the $100,600 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes.

* Bowman's Band, the 2-1 favorite, finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.97, paying $6. After laying several lengths off the pace, he swept past Jarf and He's a Knockout turning for home, then steadily edged clear to prevail by 2 1/4 lengths over Grundlefoot, the 3-1 third choice. Runspastum, the longest shot in a field of seven older horses, was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third.

Bowman's Band, a 4-year-old Dixieland Band colt owned by Martin Schwartz, has won five of 10 starts, with the Carpenter his second stakes victory. His resume includes a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap.

"We made a couple of minor equipment changes with him today because we thought he might have been entrapping," said trainer Michael Matz, meaning not getting sufficient air. "It must have worked because he sure did run a good race."

Matz said he was unsure what the next race for Bowman's Band would be.