04/23/2012 4:13PM

Hawthorne: She's All In hits new heights in Sixty Sails

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She’s All In scores the biggest win of her career in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne.

STICKNEY, Ill. – It has been a long trip for She’s All In, a one-time $15,000 maiden-claimer who romped to victory Saturday at Hawthorne in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap, winning by almost nine lengths while notching the first graded stakes victory of a 23-race career.

She’s All In, a 5-year-old mare by Include bred in Oklahoma by owner Robert Zoellner, showed little in a pair of starts at age 2, and early in her 3-year-old season, she twice could’ve been claimed for a $15,000 tag at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma. But She’s All In improved throughout her 2010 campaign, and after four solid stakes performances this winter at Oaklawn Park, she broke through with a career-best showing on Saturday, flying past pacesetting Love and Pride at the top of the stretch and drawing clear for an impressive victory. Her time of 1:51.79 for 1 1/8 miles translated to a strong Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

The Sixty Sails marked She’s All In’s first race over nine furlongs on dirt, the type of race at which trainer Donnie Von Hemel thought the mare would excel. Von Hemel and Zoellner figure to seek out similar spots – perhaps raising She’s All In to a higher class level – but no plans have yet been set for the mare.

“Everything looks good with her,” Von Hemel said Monday. “It seemed like she was herself pretty much the next morning, and for sure she was today. I think over the weekend we’ll probably figure something out for her. We’re still enjoying Saturday’s race right now.”

To get home after the Sixty Sails, She’s All In merely needed to travel to the other side of Chicagoland, with Von Hemel’s stable now bedded down for the summer at Arlington Park, which opened its main track for training Monday morning. Two more Von Hemel graded stakes runners, Caleb’s Posse and Alternation, arrived at Arlington a few days ago, and both have done light training sessions over Arlington’s dirt training track.

Alternation, Von Hemel said, is likely to make his next start in the Pimlico Special on May 18. Alternation, winner of the Essex, Razorback, and Oaklawn handicaps already this year, also is nominated to the Alysheba Stakes on May 4 at Churchill, but Von Hemel said he’s inclined to give Alternation more time before his next start.

Caleb’s Posse will make the fourth trip of his career to New York next month and start in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on May 28 at Belmont. Caleb’s Posse took two tough losses at Aqueduct this spring, finishing second by a neck in the Tom Fool and second by a nose in the Grade 1 Carter. The Metropolitan will be his first start this year at a mile, the same distance as his triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last fall.

Thornton rides 1,000th winner

Jockey Tim Thornton, who turns 25 on April 27, won the 1,000th race of his career Sunday at Hawthorne. Thornton rallied Mr. Flexible to victory in the ninth race to reach his milestone. Winner of multiple riding titles, Thornton began riding in Chicago as a teenager and has been a fixture on the Chicago circuit ever since.

◗ Wednesday’s featured eighth race, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on dirt and open to first-level allowance horses or $50,000 claimers, drew a fairly deep and very competitive group. Favoritism figures to fall to one of two horses who wintered at Fair Grounds, Banded and Cherishd Obsession.