07/22/2003 11:00PM

Devil Time simply looks best in Lewis Memoria


NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Devil Time, who has won two stakes this year, heads a full field of 14 Ohio-bred 3-year-olds and upward in Friday's $50,000 George Lewis Memorial Stakes, at 1 1/8-mile race at Thistledown.

Devil Time, owned by Brad Anderson, comes into the race off a 4 1/2-length win in the 1 1/16-mile Gendelman Handicap at River Downs on June 22. Before that he was fourth in an optional claimer at Churchill and unplaced in the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint, also at Churchill.

Devil Time has won at the distance of Friday's race, and if he retains his form he will be hard to beat. He carries high weight of 120 pounds and William Troilo will come in to ride for trainer David Carroll.

Vivid Views, second behind Devil Time in both of his stakes wins, should be Devil Time's chief rival. Vivid Views likes to settle into stride before doing his best running, and the extra distance should enhance his chances. Trainer Austin Smith has named Roberto Perez to ride at 114 pounds.

Of the rest, Blame It on Ruby has the best chance to win. Also trained by Smith, Blame It on Ruby was second in this race last year, but was disqualified and placed last. He will carry 114 pounds and be ridden by Luis Gonzalez.

Three wins for Smith

It was a big weekend for Austin Smith. He shipped the 3-year-old Woodburner to River Downs Sunday and won the $40,000 Horizon Stakes. Owned by Chase Stable, George Smith, and Gary Oliver, Woodburner looked at home in his turf debut, under jockey Jeff Johnston. Mercer's Cool Cat was second while another Thistledown invader, Dinker's Good News, finished third.

Smith also sent out two promising maiden winners over the weekend. The Ohio-bred 2-year-old filly Sheikh and Awe won her maiden at first asking in Saturday's third race, then in Sunday's sixth, Recorded Time romped by 20 1/2 lengths against older maiden fillies. She was trying two turns for the first time, and her stamina-filled pedigree (Cryptoclearance out of a Secretariat mare) allowed her to get the distance. Both maiden winners were ridden by Luis Gonzalez.

* With only four horses, Saturday's Rose DeBartolo Memorial Stakes was run as an exhibition race. Ashwood C C, under Gonzalez, trounced her three opponents, Lac Ouiloose, Come Hither, and Crypto's Twinjet, who finished second third and fourth in that order. It was the third stakes win this year for Ashwood C C, owned and bred by Ashwood Thoroughbreds and trained by Rodrigo Madrigal Sr.

* Venezuela native Daniel Centeno rode his first Thistledown winner on Sunday, aboard the longshot mare Janea's Dbldiamond. It was the third win in this country for the 31-year-old rider, who competed last year at Calder.

* There is a logjam at the top of the Thistledown jockeys' standings. Newcomer Russell Woolsey is on top with 11 victories. Luis Gonzalez and Huber Villa-Gomez are tied for second with 10 wins, while Julio Felix, Jeffrey Skerrett, and Michael Rowland are next with 8 apiece.