10/01/2002 11:00PM

Favorites nearly invincible on Illinois Day


The second annual Illinois Day at Fairmount Park on Tuesday consisted of six $35,000 stakes and provided chalk players with an opportunity to cash in, as five of the races were won by heavy favorites.

The lone "longshot" of the day was Cash the Flash in the All Sold Out Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, who returned $6.20 under Carlos SIlva. She was saddled by Richard Hazelton.

The Pete Condellone Handicap was won by Baker Road ($3.40), but not without a fight. Moe B Dick, attempting to go wire-to-wire, battled gamely in the stretch. At the end of a two-turn mile in 1:38.60 Baker Road and jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. were in front by a half-length.

Two horses became Illinois Day repeat winners. Tejano Honey, who as a 2-year-old last year won the All Sold Out, returned this year and won the Slight in the Rear Stakes for breeder-trainer Tom Dorris with Razo aboard. Last year's Slight in the Rear winner, Denton's Ruby, was back at 4 and won the one-mile Bungalow Handicap for trainer Mike Nance.

BJK Thoroughbreds' Bulldog George pushed his career record to 7-6-1-0 with an impressive performance in the Tex's Zing Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Battling from between horses through fractions of 22 and 45.60 seconds, Bulldog George shook off his rivals in the stretch and drew clear with little urging from jockey Mike Gale. Trained by Jimmy Wiser, Bulldog George now has earnings of more than $77,000 without ever having raced away Fairmount.

* Razo completed a riding triple by guiding Wiggins ($2.80) to a popular score in the Marluel's Troy Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Wiggins rated just off the early lead, then pulled off to a five-length victory for trainer Anthony Granitz.