09/04/2005 12:00AM

Almost Certain, Jb's Golden Regret score upsets


Rains forced Retama Park's pair of $100,000 turf stakes for 2-year-olds to a sloppy main track Saturday night, and upsets were scored by Almost Certain in the Ketel One El Joven, and Jb's Golden Regret in the M2 Technology La Senorita.

The races made for one of the richest cards of the meet, which is held near San Antonio.

Almost Certain ($21) settled in fourth early in the El Joven, while Western Runaway and favorite Counterfeit Gold led the field through fractions of 23.10 seconds for the opening quarter in the one-mile race, and 46.82 seconds for the half-mile mark. Almost Certain advanced on the final turn, took the lead in the stretch then drove clear, covering the distance in 1:40.37.

He won by a length and a quarter over a fast-closing Desert Wheat. It was another length and a half back in third to Counterfeit Gold.

Omar Rodriguez rode Almost Certain for owner-trainer Bart Evans.

Almost Certain earned $60,000 for the win, which was his second in three career starts. His earnings now stand at $76,800. Almost Certain is a son of Favorite Trick, and is a half-brother to two-time stakes winner Wishingitwas, who to date has earned $207,860.

* For the second straight year, a filly who last raced at Canterbury won the La Senorita, with Jb's Golden Regret ($30.80) pulling clear by two and a quarter lengths over Cancel the Wedding. It was another neck back in third to Lady Cosmo.

Last year, Malika's Gold won the La Senorita, one start after winning her maiden at Canterbury.

Jb's Golden Regret sat in third in the race this year, as Sauternes, the favorite, set fractions of 23.53 seconds for the opening quarter and 47.15 seconds for the half-mile mark. Jb's Golden Regret took control of the race after six furlongs in 1:13.80, and went on to cover the one-mile distance in 1:42.79.

Terry Stanton rode the winner for trainer Gilbert Ciavaglia.

Jb's Golden Regret earned $60,000 for owner David Anderson, and overall has a record of two wins from five starts for earnings of $78,432. She is a daughter of Banker's Gold.

Hosanna Hit was scratched from the La Senorita.