12/29/2008 1:00AM

Hidden Bounty, Carlsbad romp


Hidden Bounty and Carlsbad were thoroughly dominant, while Czechers was thoroughly professional as those three captured the three stakes at Turf Paradise Saturday.

Hidden Bounty, owned by Wire to Wire LLC and trained by Ken Brown, was far too much for his fellow 2-year-olds in the $50,000 Lost in the Fog. He pressed the early pace under Wilson Dieguez, took over on the far turn and drew off to win easily by seven lengths. Just Jebicah was second, a neck ahead of Spectaculartop in the field of seven. Rockin Zola, the 7-10 favorite, set the pace but gave way badly to finish last.

Hidden Bounty ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.83 and paid $6.60 as the second choice. The winner's share of $30,000 pushes his career earnings to $88,843 from four wins in seven starts.

Carlsbad was even more dazzling as she stayed unbeaten in three starts in the $50,000 Arizona Juvenile Fillies Stakes, the 2-year-old filly counterpart to the Lost in the Fog. She bounced right out to the lead in the field of five going 6 1/2 furlongs and just expanded her margin from there, winning with complete authority and under wraps by 19 lengths. Shamus on Me was second with Keyless third. Carlsbad, owned by Dennis Weir and trained by Kevin Lewis, paid $2.10. She ran the distance in 1:16.20 (faster than the males), and the winner's share of $30,000 pushes her career bankroll to $64,126.

Czechers, owned Allen and Susan Branch and trained by Mark Glatt, used her speed to lead all the way to take the $50,000 Kachina Handicap. Ridden by Stephan Heiler, Czechers set the pace and held sway to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Star of Whitney. Even-money favorite She's Sensational ran third in the field of seven fillies and mares going a mile. Czechers covered the distance in 1:37.36 and paid $8.20 as the second choice. The winner's share of $30,000 moves her bankroll to $168,619 from four wins in 12 starts.