05/31/2002 11:00PM

Hawthorne: Huge form reversal


STICKNEY, Ill. - Off form in his last several starts, Distinctive Mr. B perked up at an opportune moment and scored a front-running win in the $75,000 Glassy Dip Stakes at Hawthorne.

Most accomplished as a turf sprinter, Distinctive Mr. B ($38) made amends for a second-place finish in last fall's edition of the Glassy Dip, a five-furlong race that was upgraded from an overnight stakes to a listed $75,000 race this spring.

With four other speed horses drawn to his outside, Distinctive Mr. B, whose best races have come on the pace, figured to be in trouble. Instead, he broke sharply and made the lead over horses that, on paper, seemed faster than him. Distinctive Mr. B ran a quarter-mile in 23.26 seconds with Tic N Tin and Aloha Bold stalking on his outside. Distinctive Mr. B shook loose from Tic N Tin coming off the turn, then held Aloha Bold, the 6-5 favorite, at bay for the length of the stretch.

Ramsey Zimmerman, who had yet to win a race in Chicago this season, was aboard Distinctive Mr. B.

Owned by Terrence Brown and trained by David Hinsley, Distinctive Mr. B was timed in 57.66 seconds over a firm course. Aloha Bold finished 2 1/3 lengths ahead of Grey Cart.