07/02/2005 11:00PM

Don Jaun Con captures Everett Nevin


PLEASANTON, Calif. - Heavily favored Don Jaun Con ($3.40) made easy work of the field, winning the $53,600 by 6 1/2 lengths at the Alameda County Fair on Sunday.

The 2-year-old Cal-bred, claimed for $32,000 in his debut, popped the gate and was quickly in command through relatively restrained fractions of 21.87 and 45.70. He continued to open in the lane as he beat Momotombo in 56.31 seconds, just .11 off the stakes and track record set last year by Wind Water.

The rest of the field had various degrees of early trouble, but it is unlikely the outcome would have changed.

"When I saw 45 and change at the eighth pole, I knew someone would have to improve by about 20 lengths to beat him," winning trainer Billy Morey said.

"All I had to do today was just hang on," said winning rider Chad Schvaneveldt, who won Saturday's Juan Gonzalez for 2-year-old fillies. "I peeked back around the quarter pole and thought to myself, 'Shame on you for letting me open up.' "

Don Jaun Con won his second race in three tries after finishing third in the Malcolm Anderson Stakes at Golden Gate Fields after a full second faster in the opening quarter and half while under pressure.

The victory, worth $29,950, lifted his career earnings to $50,275.