04/21/2012 7:42PM

Hawthorne: She's All In runs away from competition in Sixty Sails

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She's All In, ridden by Luis Quinonez, cruises to an 8 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails.

STICKNEY, Ill. – In Caleb’s Posse, trainer Donnie Von Hemel has one of the top one-turn horses in the country. Von Hemel also trains Alternation, who has three stakes wins this year, the most recent of which came in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap. So it’s not like Von Hemel is scouring the land for nationally relevant stakes horses. But he might have found another one on Saturday at Hawthorne, where She’s All In turned the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap into a personal showcase, storming to an 8 3/4-length win  in the Grade 3, $200,000 race.

She’s All In ($12.80), an Oklahoma homebred by Include owned by Robert Zoellner, is a 5-year-old, and the Sixty Sails marked her first victory in a graded stakes, and, asked if her performance was a career best, Von Hemel said, “Without a doubt.” But She’s All In’s race might not prove to be a one-and-done peak effort.

“You could tell – I guess just from doing this 30-some years – that she was going to get better with age,” Von Hemel said. “We kept waiting for a mile-and-an-eighth as a 5-year-old.”

With front-running Juanita scratched (Afleeting Lady also was withdrawn from the race), Love and Pride opened a clear early lead, going her opening quarter-mile in a quick 23.75 seconds before slowing down the half-mile split to 48.04. She’s All In and Luis Quinonez raced in third, passing pace-pressing Beloveda partway around the far turn and drawing abreast She’s All In before turning for home. She’s All In quickly opened up a clear lead and came home full of run, scoring a blowout victory while getting nine furlongs in 1:51.79, a solid time on a deep, tiring racing surface that others, like 6-5 Arena Elvira, might not have handled.

“She obviously liked this racetrack,” said Von Hemel.

Distorted Love, the race’s longest shot at 35-1, rallied for second, 2 1/4 lengths in from of Arena Elvira, who was followed by Love and Pride, Beloveda, and One Last Dance.

The Sixty Sails was the final leg in Hawthorne’s typically ignored pick six, which had a carryover of more than $108,000 and attracted another $254,000 in wagers Saturday. With short prices faring well, the sequence returned $6,954.40 for a $2 wager.