11/13/2004 1:00AM

Flamenco, 'Aclassysassy' dominate

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Skip Smith
Aclassysassylassy wins for the fifth time in six career starts, and was part of a chalky all-stakes pick four that paid $28.50 for a $1 ticket.

MIAMI - Flamenco and Aclassysassylassy were the marquee names in the four 2-year-old races on Saturday's Florida Million program at Calder and the two youngsters did not disappoint, rallying to easy victories in the Jack Price Juvenile and Joe O'Farrell Juveniles Fillies stakes.

Flamenco shipped down from New York as the class of the field for the $150,000 , coming off a win in Belmont's Cowdin Stakes and good efforts behind Afleet Alex in both the Grade 1 Hopeful and Grade 2 Sanford. Confidently ridden by jockey Jerry Bailey despite an awkward beginning, Flamenco stalked the pace of 53-1 Lucky Blitz into the stretch, then readily drew off to a four-length decision over the late-running Closing Argument.

Flamenco ($2.80) completed a chalky pick four all-stakes wager that paid a mere $28.50 for a $1 ticket.

"He's handled everything we've asked him to do thus far," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "As a Florida-bred this race fit nicely into his schedule and Jerry commented that he's learned to rate so there's no reason to believe he won't go a distance of ground."

Pletcher said Flamenco might not run again until the Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream on Jan. 29.

Aclassysassylassy ($3.80) continued her domination of the local 2-year-old filly division with a 4 1/2-length victory over Running Bobcats in the $150,000 . Aclassysassylassy became only the second filly to sweep all three legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes with a similarly easy win in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl Stakes three weeks earlier.

Despite getting pinned in along the rail throughout much of the opening half-mile of the seven-furlong Joe O'Farrell, Aclassysassylassy was able to assert her superiority once swinging outside and into the clear approaching the stretch. She readily overtook Running Bobcats upon straightening for the drive, then drew off to her fourth straight one-sided victory and fifth in six career starts. She covered the distance in 1:25.52.

"She was shut off the first half of the race but it didn't matter," said trainer David Vivian, who owns Aclassysassylassy in partnership with his wife, Barbara, and partner Dominic Vittese. "The only horse I was worried about was [Running Bobcats]. We've been beating the rest of them pretty regularly."

Vivian said Aclassysassylassy will make her final 2-year-old start in the Three Ring Stakes on Dec. 4.

Vivian's son, Dave Jr., won the $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf with Turk's Ransom ($12.40). An improving son of Comic Strip, Turk's Ransom outfinished Eastern Sand and Raleigh Express to post his first stakes victory.

Earlier in the day, Rich in Spirit ($4.20) rallied from midpack to earn a one-length triumph over Dansetta Light in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Rich in Spirit, now 3 for 3 on grass, was ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Tom Proctor.

Hopelessly Devoted ($5.40) showed her versatility when rallying to a 1 1/4- length decision over even-money Alix M. in the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

Hopelessly Devoted, the only 3-year-old in the scratched-reduced field of six fillies and mares, was coming off an easy victory over the local turf course against her own age group three weeks earlier in the Calder Oaks.

Well placed under Cornelio Velasquez behind the dueling leaders, Hopelessly Devoted angled outside to launch her bid around the second turn, then wore down Alix M. in the final sixteenth.

Trained by Sandra Slivka, Hopelessly Devoted raced 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.79.

"She loves Florida and I love Florida," said Slivka. "Turf, dirt, it makes no difference. She's that versatile."

Final Prophecy registered the day's biggest shocker, withstanding an early pace battle then digging in gamely to hold off Gin and Sin through the final furlong to post a head victory in the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup. Final Prophecy went off at odds of 57-1 and paid $116.40.

Final Prophecy, who was never a factor when finishing sixth in the Flying Pidgeon Handicap five weeks earlier, is trained by David Brownlee.

"He had lost some conditioning when he shipped down here from New Jersey and needed the race in the Flying Pidgeon," said Brownlee.

Stormy Roman, the defending champion in the Bonnie Heath, stumbled leaving the gate, recovered to race within easy striking distance of the leaders, but lacked a closing rally and finished fourth. Proud Man, the 3-2 favorite, was forced to steady twice and finished fifth.

Final Prophecy will return in the Tropical Turf Handicap on Dec. 4 and then be re-united with his regular trainer Jane Cibelli this winter at Tampa Bay Downs.

Weigelia, the lone 3-year-old in the field, proved too fast for his elders when he scored a one-length victory over a game Onebadshark in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap. Love That Moon, the defending Jack Dudley champion, rallied mildly to finish fourth.

Weigelia ($3.80) was making his first start locally since winning the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes on July 10. He benefited from a well-judged ride by John Velazquez, stalking the early leaders before easing out and running down Onebadshark in the final furlong.