10/13/2006 11:00PM

Green Vegas captures In Reality


MIAMI - Green Vegas avenged three earlier defeats at the hands of Straight Faced, including the first two legs of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, with a game half-length decision over Wonderous Glory in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Stakes at Calder.

Straight Faced, who entered the race undefeated in four previous starts, finished a tiring fourth as the 3-5 favorite after being hard-used contesting the pace through midstretch.

The 1 1/16-mile In Reality was the highlight of the $1.6 million Festival of the Sun program, which included seven other stakes.

Green Vegas finished a troubled eighth behind Straight Faced in the six-furlong Dr. Fager Stakes and a game third in the seven-furlong Affirmed. A son of Trippi, Green Vegas rebounded from those two setbacks to win the mile and 70-yard Foolish Pleasure Stakes three weeks later.

Green Vegas was reserved early by jockey Julio Garcia while Straight Faced and Hold'em or Fold'em dueled on the lead. He advanced to closer contention three wide leaving the backstretch, gained a short advantage near the eighth pole, and then withstood Wonderous Glory despite not changing leads through the stretch.

Imawildandcrazy, second behind Green Vegas in the Foolish Pleasure, slipped inside Straight Faced to challenge for command entering the stretch and succumbed grudgingly in the final furlong to finish another neck behind in third.

Villainage, who was second, a neck in front of Green Vegas, in the Affirmed, lost all chance after lunging at the start, nearly falling and unseating jockey Abel Castellano Jr. in the process.

Green Vegas' final time of 1:47.87 was the slowest winning clocking for the In Reality since Excellent Luck won the race in 1997. He paid $8 as the second choice in a field of seven 3-year-old colts and geldings.

"The race set up perfectly for him," said winning trainer Luis Olivares. I ran him in the Foolish Pleasure just to make sure about the distance. He's done a lot, but let's say I'm not ready to rule the Breeders' Cup out just yet."

My Dear Girl: Adhrhythm completes Plesa sweep

Adhrhythm left little doubt as to her superiority over the local 2-year-old filly division and also gave her trainer, Eddie Plesa Jr., a sweep of all three legs of the filly division of the Stallion Stakes with a convincing 4 3/4-length triumph over Silkily in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes.

Adhrhythm had previously won the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes, while her stablemate Snow Lady captured the six-furlong Desert Vixen. Snow Lady finished third in the My Dear Girl. Silkily had the dubious distinction of finishing second in all three legs of the series.

Adhrhythm is a daughter of Adhocracy owned and bred by the Centaur Farm. She was ridden to victory in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl by Manoel Cruz and returned $3.60.

Adhrhythm bobbled briefly at the start but quickly recovered to stalk the early pace set by Dantrelle Light and contested by Silkily. Cruz made a decisive move with the favorite to wrest control after five furlongs, resisted a bid from Silkily into the stretch, then won going away. Snow Lady finished evenly to be third. She was followed by Dantrelle Light, Synergy and Saint Barbara. Boxitup was eased leaving the far turn.

"I think this answers the question of whether she can go two turns, although I wasn't worried about it," said Plesa. "I was very pleased with the way she ran today, although not surprised. What surprised me was the way she won the previous race. Sweeping the series is fantastic. This is what it's all about for Calder trainers and the culmination of a long year with our 2-year-olds."

Plesa said he has no future plans for Adhrhythm at the present time.

"I like giving my 2-year-olds a break but whether this is the time or not we'll wait and see," said Plesa, adding that he would discuss the situation with owner Vernon Heath and then decide.