09/03/2007 12:00AM

Brego gets first stakes


Brego picked an opportune time to win his first stakes. He captured the richest turf race of the Remington Park meet, shooting up the rail for a one-length win over Almost Certain in the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Smooth Bid finished third in the 1o1/8-mile turf race, a half-length behind Almost Certain. Inca King, the favorite, finished ninth.

Brego ($36) was content to let the speed go, settling in fifth as Halo Flamingo, Inca King, and Waupaca dueled through an opening half-mile in 47 seconds. Brego moved up on the second turn and had to wait briefly behind horses near the quarter pole. He found room along the rail into the stretch and quickened, going on to cover the distance over firm turf in 1:48.51.

Richard Eramia was aboard Brego for trainer Bruce Jackson. The DeBartolo was the third stakes start for Brego, who earned $90,000 for the victory for owner Paul J. Varni. Brego, a son of In Excess, has now won 4 of 19 starts and $200,789.

* The filly Dill or No Dill ($18.40) defeated colts in the $50,000 Clever Trevor for 2-year-olds, darting to a 3 3/4-length win over even-money favorite Ling Ling Qi. It was another 4 1/2 lengths back in third to Jeri Harper. Dill or No Dill covered the distance in 1:09.88. Quincy Hamilton rode Dill or No Dill for Chris Baccari and trainer Joe Petalino.

* My Three Sisters ($8) angled out in the stretch and rallied to catch favorite D Fine Okie by a head in the $50,000 Ricks Memorial for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third to Honor The Flag. Luis Quinonez rode My Three Sisters for Millennium Farm and trainer Steve Asmussen.