10/22/2011 8:38PM

Hawthorne: Janks runners win Lightning Jet, Buck's Boy

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Four Left Feet wins the $117,200 Lightning Jet by one length over River Bear.

STICKNEY, Ill. – Christine Janks in Illinois-bred stakes races. You’d think we know by now.

Janks, who has won as many Illinois-bred stakes the last decade as any trainer, got two more Saturday at Hawthorne. But both Four Left Feet, who captured the Lighting Jet at odds of 14-1, and Big Looie, a 6-1 winner of the Buck's Boy, snuck up on most bettors.

Janks, who left saddling Saturday to longtime assistant Rob Dobbs, just missed a third stakes win Saturday with 2-year-old Feels Like Flying, who was second by a half-length in the Sun Power.

Trainer Chris Block, another Illinois-stakes stalwart, won two more of Saturday’s six stakes, with Peyote Patty home first in the Illini Princess and Sweet Luca victorious in the Sun Power.

Four Left Feet, a 3-year-old Trippi gelding owned by a partnership, benefited from a quick, contested pace and came flying down the center of the track to win the $117,200 Lightning Jet by one length over River Bear. Francisco Giles rode the winner, his second stakes victory of the day (the first with Third Chance) and of his career.

Four Left Feet came into the Lightning Jet still eligible for an Illinois-bred second-level allowance race, which helps explain his $31.40 win mutual. Bowman’s Secret finished third, while 4-5 favorite Shrewd Operator failed to take up his customary position on the lead and faded to sixth. Winning time for six furlongs was 1:10.39.

Big Looie, meanwhile, paid a lesser price ($14.40) winning the $110,300 Buck's Boy. But he, too, was a somewhat unlikely winner, having lost all seven of his 2011 starts and both his races over the Buck's Boy’s 1 1/16-mile distance. Pressing a moderate pace under Israel Ocampo, Big Looie took the lead before the furlong marker and held clear Racing Bran by two lengths, with favored Color Me Blue another 1 1/4 lengths back in third. Big Looie, a 4-year-old Military gelding owned by the S.D. Brillie Partnership, was timed in 1:45.69 over a fast dirt surface.

Block runners take advantage of speed duels

While the Janks barn got its wins late, Block struck early. Peyote Patty parlayed a perfect stalking trip into a 3 1/2-length win in the $108,000 Illini Princess, her first victory in eight starts on dry dirt. Her win came more through attrition than brilliance. A speed duel knocked out Seans Silverdance and Catalina Way, while 13-10 favorite Dundalk Dust failed to regain the form that won her this race a year ago, finishing a flat fifth. Peyote Patty ($6.40), ridden to victory by Tim Thornton, was timed in 1:47.09 for 1 1/16 miles.

With only a Polytrack maiden win atop his resume, Sweet Luca was overlooked in the $110,800 Sun Power for 2-year-olds, but he also took advantage of a speed duel to post a half-length victory. Feels Like Flying, making his dirt debut and suffering his first loss, finished second after responding poorly to kickback on the backstretch and failing to change leads until deep stretch. More disappointing – at least to his many backers – was third-place Twelve Hundred, who attacked a hot pace and faded to third at odds of 1-10. Sweet Luca, a Candy Ride gelding owned by Fortino Inc., paid $31.40 and was timed in 1:11.86.

* Twelve Hundred’s defeat deflated trainer Jim DiVito, but DiVito had to be pleased with Third Chance’s performance in the $119,900 Powerless. The sharpest winner of the day, Third Chance overwhelmed nine rivals in the Powerless, running off to a 6 1/4-length victory, despite failing to change leads in the stretch. Giving jockey Francisco Giles the first stakes win of his career, Third Chance ran six furlongs in a fine 1:10.80. Third Chance, a 3-year-old Kafwain filly won for the sixth time in 13 starts, paying just $3 to win.

* Class Break ($13) was second-last at the three-furlong pole, but closed steadily in the stretch to win the $112,100 Showtime Deb Stakes by a length over Sweet de Baran. Trained by Wayne Catalano and owned by his daughter, Shelbi, Class Break was ridden to victory by Florent Geroux.