10/14/2005 11:00PM

Dazzling Dr. Cevin captures Derby by neck


MIAMI - The heavy rain that hit the local area Saturday morning may have put a damper on Calder's $1.6 million Festival of the Sun, but it played right into the hands of Dazzling Dr. Cevin. He proved the major beneficiary when all three scheduled grass races on the card, including the $200,000 and Calder Oaks, were switched from the turf to the main track because of the inclement weather.

The 3-year-old Dazzling Dr. Cevin was also entered against older horses in the Spend a Buck Handicap but stayed in against his own age group to register a come-from-behind neck victory over pacesetter Dream On Dream On in the Grade 3 Calder Derby.

Dazzling Dr. Cevin rallied steadily leaving the backstretch, then angled inside the tiring leader to be along in the final strides of the 1 1/8-mile race. Dream On Dream On controlled the pace to deep stretch, drifted slightly while tiring, and just failed to last. It was nearly 11 lengths farther back to Talented Prince in third.

Four of the 11 original entrants for the Calder Derby, including likely favorites Grand Reserve and Tadreeb, were scratched when the race came off the grass.

Dazzling Dr. Cevin, a gelded son of Cutlass Fax owned by Rey Wan Racing, ran the distance in 1:52.44 over a track upgraded to good midway through the day and paid $6.60 as the slight favorite. The winner was ridden by Julio Garcia for trainer Luis Olivares.

Oaks: Tiger Belle in a surprise

Tiger Belle rallied from last to post a shocking three-quarter-length victory over the 4-5 favorite, My Typhoon, in the Calder Oaks. The Oaks, like the Calder Derby, was rained off the turf.

Tiger Belle trailed for nearly all the opening six furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile Oaks. She uncorked a huge run while four wide leaving the final turn before overtaking My Typhoon just inside the eighth pole. My Typhoon, whose seven previous starts had all come on grass, fought back gamely once headed by the winner but came out second-best, finishing 8 1/2 lengths in front of the third-place finisher, Fast Lisa.

Tiger Belle paid $66 despite having won 3 of her last 4 starts, all on grass. She had never hit the board in five previous tries on dirt. A daughter of Tiger Ridge, she is trained by David Muench for owner-breeder Robert C. Roffey Jr. and was ridden to victory by Manoel Cruz.

"I didn't know what to think when the race came off the turf, but Mr. Roffey said maybe it was a blessing in disguise," said Muench.

Spend a Buck: Supervisor upsets B. B. Best

Supervisor slipped through along the rail and outfinished the 4-5 favorite, B. B. Best, to register a neck victory in the $100,000 . The Grade 3 race was marred when Chino Charlie broke down after the opening half mile of the 1 1/16-mile race.

Supervisor, a 5-year-old son of Skip Trial trained by Manny Tortora, was ridden by Abdiel Toribio Jr. and paid $25.20 in a field reduced to six starters after the scratches of Hal's Image and Dazzling Dr. Cevin.

Apalachian Thunder opened a long lead midway down the backstretch after briefly contesting the early pace with the Chino Charlie. B. B. Best stalked the leader entering the stretch but dropped back briefly, appearing to lose his action near the eighth pole, at which point he was passed by Supervisor racing along the rail. The pair then rallied in company through the final sixteenth of a mile, with Supervisor maintaining a narrow advantage to the wire, in a final time of 1:46.94.

Apalachian Thunder held on gamely to finish third, followed closely by Whos Crying Now, who had also joined the leaders at midstretch but hung late.

Chino Charlie was euthanized.

Shocker T.: Prospective Saint wires

Prospective Saint set a torrid pace and led throughout to post an easy 4 1/4-length victory over Tigi in the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap for older fillies and mares. Indian Halo finished another neck back in third.

Prospective Saint, a daughter of Saint Ballado, is trained by Marty Wolfson for owner Charles D. Miller. She paid $4.20 after covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.18 under jockey Eddie Castro.

J J'sDream: Lake Alice rallies to win

Lake Alice rallied along the rail to overtake 23-1 No Hear Say in deep stretch and post a one-length triumph in the $100,000 J J'sdream Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. A Sea Trippi, the 8-5 favorite, finished ninth.

Lake Alice, who benefited from a lightning-fast pace, was ridden to victory by Kristi Chapman for her father, trainer James Chapman. She ran six furlongs in 1:13.24 and returned $11.40.

Gin Rummy Champ wins second in row

Gin Rummy Champ, who has improved with every start since launching his career four months ago, turned in his best performance yet, exploding to a 5 1/2-length victory over the even-money favorite, Forest Danz, in the $100,000 Criterium Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Gin Rummy Champ rallied from just off the pace to score his second straight win. Forest Danz outlasted the slow-starting Lord of the Flame by two lengths to finish second.

A son of Double Honor, Gin Rummy Champ paid $19.60 after covering six furlongs in a very fast 1:10.67 over a track listed as

sloppy. Eduardo Nunez rode Gin Rummy Champ for trainer Dave Vivian.