07/15/2006 12:00AM

Boost for Adieu, and Pletcher


STANTON, Del. - By trainer Todd Pletcher's count, he had 17 horses running at six different tracks on Saturday. Pletcher's powerhouse stable may have had a number of disappointments elsewhere around the country, but he hit the bull's-eye for the two biggest races on the card at Delaware Park.

Two races after odds-on favorite Honey Ryder repeated in the $300,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup on turf, Adieu won for the first time since last fall in the Grade 2, $500,000 . The winning time for 1 1/16 miles over a wet but fast main track was 1:43.72. Both stakes winners were ridden by John Velazquez.

"We haven't done anything good at all today anyplace else but here," said Pletcher, shortly after Adieu ($7.80) used a powerful move in the stretch to draw out to a 2 1/4-length win over Amandatude. "We had a horse moved up from third to second at Calder, but that's about it."

Pletcher later won with Go Deputy in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont.

Adieu, winner of the Grade 1 Frizette and the Grade 2 Spinaway as a 2-year-old, was the beaten favorite in her only two starts this year. Pletcher, however, said he wasn't discouraged.

"Her first start back wasn't bad at all," said Pletcher, referring to a second-place finish in the Grade 3 La Troienne at Churchill Downs. "Then she was second in a Grade 1," the Acorn at Belmont. "Sometimes it's the third race back where a horse runs her best."

Adieu's move to erase a 1 1/2-length deficit in the final furlong spoiled the reunion of jockey Jeremy Rose and trainer Tim Ritchey with the15-1 longshot Amandatude. After winning more than 300 races together the past several years, including last year's Preakness and Belmont Stakes with Afleet Alex, Rose and Ritchey parted ways last winter in Florida. Amandatude was the first horse Rose has ridden for Ritchey at this meet.

Rose said it was "nice riding this one" for Ritchey, but added there are no assurances he will begin to get more mounts from Ritchey in the near future.

Amandatude was 3 1/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Gasia. California shipper Hystericalady, the 4-5 favorite, led for six furlongs under Patrick Valenzuela before fading to fifth in the field of eight.

Dick: Honey Ryder repeats

Defending champion Honey Ryder ($2.60) overcame a snail-like pace to score a head victory over Olaya in the Dick.

Olaya, the 7-2 second choice in a field of seven fillies and mares, and jockey Ramon Dominguez got away with extremely slow fractions of 53.96 seconds, 1:19.93, and 1:44.66 in the 1 3/8-mile turf race, and it appeared she was going to give trainer Graham Motion his sixth win in the last eight runnings of the Dick. But Honey Ryder was put into an all-out drive and got to the lead just before the wire. Latice finished 2 1/4 lengths behind the top pair.

The winning time of 2:20.69 was slightly slower than the 2:20.58 that Honey Ryder recorded winning the race over yielding ground a year ago.

- New York shipper Survivalist ($3.60), ridden by Dominguez for trainer Shug McGaughey, earned his first stakes victory since the Gotham Mile in March 2005 when he pulled away to three-length win over M B Sea in the $100,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes. The winning time for 1 1/16 miles on the main track was 1:43.20.