10/13/2006 11:00PM

Can't Beat It gives Wolfson satisfying victory


MIAMI - Can't Beat It put an end to nearly three months of frustration for trainer Marty Wolfson with a convincing 3 1/4-length victory over Croton Road in Saturday's $200,000 .

Wolfson has been at odds with the Illinois Racing Board and the Arlington Park stewards since Can't Beat It was disqualified from second and placed last in the July 22 American Derby for testing positive for trace levels of Class 4 medications isoxsuprine and naproxen. Wolfson, who was fined $1,000 for each positive, and Can't Beat It's owner, Charlotte Weber, have appealed those rulings.

Making his first start since the American Derby, Can't Beat It proved to be ready for his return. He rallied four wide to overtake stablemate Elizabul in early stretch before pulling away. The win is his third in seven starts this season, and his first in a graded stakes. Croton Road rallied mildly to finish second, three-quarters of a length in front of Elizabul.

Can't Beat It covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.79 on a firm course under jockey Rene Douglas and paid $4.40.

"I won't call this vindication for what happened at Arlington, because I don't even think about the state of Illinois or Arlington Park anymore," Wolfson said. "My horse really needed time off following the American Derby. He was knocked out and had lost about 50 pounds coming out of the race, and Rene rode him very, very well today."

Oaks: Bayou's Lassie still undefeated

Bayou's Lassie remained undefeated on grass and confirmed her status as the top

3-year-old turf filly in south Florida with a

1 3/4-length victory over 13-1 longshot Private Betty in the $200,000 Calder Oaks.

Bayou's Lassie is now unbeaten in three starts on turf. Trained by Stanley Gold, she has also captured 5 of 6 starts overall, with her only loss coming in the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes.

As expected, Bayou's Lassie set the pace under jockey Elvis Trujillo and had plenty left to hold off the belated rally of Private Betty. New York invader Jinni finished a nonthreatening third in a scratch reduced field of 10

3-year-old fillies.

Bayou's Lassie covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.34 and paid $5.20.

"I'm in awe," said Gold. "I was hoping she would run like she did last time, but you never know. This was awesome."

Spend a Buck: Nkosi Reigns leads all the way

Nkosi Reigns was surprisingly allowed to set an uncontested pace over a speed-favoring racetrack and made the most of the opportunity, leading throughout before holding off a final bid from Big Lover to register a one-length victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 .

Nkosi Reigns, winless in six previous starts this season, was sent to Ron Spatz by Chicago-based trainer Christine Janks following his Arlington Park finale Sept. 6. With Jeffrey Sanchez aboard, Nkosi Reigns set relatively slow fractions of 23.94, 48, and 1:12.40 while several lengths clear on the lead. He then had enough left to withstand Big Lover through the final furlong. Rehoboth rallied belatedly to be third.

Siphon City, the 5-2 favorite and expected pacesetter, was steadied in traffic approaching the first turn, stopped badly, and was being eased at the end.

Nkosi Reins ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.40 and paid $16.20.

"He kind of dragged the rider to the lead on his own," said Spatz. "He's kind of a nervous horse, so it couldn't have gone any better having him alone on the lead."

Shocker T.: Darluna by 18 1/2 lengths

Darluna turned what figured to be a wide-open race into a runaway, leading throughout before pulling away to an 18 1/2-length victory over Sunset Kisses in the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap for older fillies and mares.

Darluna, wheeling back in just two weeks off a disappointing eighth-place finish over the Polytrack in the Turfway Park Breeders' Cup, was allowed to sprint clear in the run to the first turn, then blew the race open once she left the final bend while kept under pressure to the end by jockey Eduardo Nunez. Sunset Kisses chased the winner throughout and remained a length clear of American Miss for second.

Mocita, the tepid 2-1 favorite in a field of eight older fillies and mares, was reserved off the early pace, raced wide, and faltered badly after six furlongs.

Darluna paid $19.40. Her final time of 1:45.22 was .18 seconds faster than males ran in the Spend a Buck Handicap over the same distance.

"We just ended up with the lead when nobody else seemed to want it, which was just fine," said trainer Steve DiMauro.

Criterium: A Yes It's True double

A pair of 2-year-olds by Yes It's True, Yesshecandance and Yesbyjimminy, proved popular winners of the $100,000 J J'sdream and Criterium stakes.

Yesshecandance ($5.80) repulsed a strong challenge from Princess Nikki, then withstood a final surge by Bianco to register a three-quarter-length triumph in the J J'sdream. Mountain Tiger rallied to finish third. Yesshecandance, who is trained by Jose Pinchin, covered six furlongs in 1:12.62 and gave Trujillo his second stakes win on the card.

Yesbyjimminy ($4.40) won an early three-horse speed duel, opened a comfortable advantage despite drifting wide into the stretch, then drew off to a five-length decision over 17-1 Pop Goes the Tiger to capture the Criterium. Five Towns finished another neck back in third.

Abel Castellano Jr. was aboard Yesbyjimminy, who was saddled to victory by Eddie Plesa Jr. The final time for six furlongs was 1:11.39.