06/13/2002 11:00PM

Deveaux comes full circle


FORT ERIE, Ontario - It took Sean Deveaux 27 mounts before he registered his first victory of the year, aboard Dobbie Joe in the third race here last Sunday.

His second win came on Tuesday, just six starts later.

Deveaux got the job done with Market Advance coming from behind to upset a tough group of sprinters at the $20,000 level. The $2 win payoff was $15.10.

Deveaux, 39, is back to where he began his riding career. In 1990, as an apprentice, he scored 47 wins at Fort Erie. That was good for fifth-place in the standings.

The following year, he was put out of commission for five months by neck and back injuries incurred from a spill in a morning workout. Following recovery he was recruited by Vancouver's Exhibition Park (now Hastings Park), which was short on jockeys.

After spending three years in British Columbia, Deveaux went on to perform in Canada's other three western provinces - Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba - over the next seven years.

"I was third-leading rider in Saskatchewan [1995], and when I went to Manitoba for four years I was always in the top 10," said Deveaux. "I've now raced and won in every province that offers Thoroughbred racing in Canada."

Despite interruptions caused by injuries, Deveaux began the current campaign with 288 lifetime victories to his credit. He considers a win in the Manitoba Oaks to be one of his biggest thrills.

Everyone wants him

Market Advance is a popular item among the claimers, having changed hands five times in his last eight runs. The 5-year-old gelding earned $103,267 last year, mostly at levels between $10,000 and $20,000. From his 16 starts he had five wins, four seconds and four thirds.

His latest win was for Lou Capi, who claimed him from the track's leading trainer, Chris Tuttle, for $14,000 in his previous race May 27. It was Market Advance's first start in 2002 and he finished fifth, beaten four lengths, at 1 1/16 miles.

Tuttle had Market Advance for just the one start after claiming the horse for $10,000 out of his 2001 finale, Nov. 13. On Tuesday, however, he reached back in and reclaimed the runner for $18,000.

Admitting that he may have run the horse a little short on conditioning, Tuttle praised Capi for his handling of Market Advance.

"Lou picked a good spot and did a good job with him," said Tuttle. "And he's been very classy about it; he told me what he did."

Capi is off to a good start this year. From 16 starts heading into the weekend, he has won four times.

The trainer is best known for developing Mr. Magazine, a Fort Erie champion whose career came to an end last year when he tore suspensory muscles during the running of the Benburb Stakes.

o Apprentice rider Kris Robinson continues to impress. Going into Saturday's action Robinson, a 24-year-old Toronto native, has 14 wins from 99 attempts, placing him in a sixth-place tie with Tyler Gaskin in the standings.