09/18/2007 11:00PM

Hot Chili runs down stablemate

EmailHot Chili stamped himself as the leading juvenile male runner in Michigan when he rallied to get up by a head over stablemate Berry's Pride in Tuesday's $50,000 Patrick Wood Stakes at Great Lakes Downs.

He has now won 3 of 4 starts, including last month's Little Ones Stakes. Trained by Laura Jackson, Hot Chili is owned by Sharon Valley Thoroughbred Farm. Jareth Loveberry is his regular rider.

Berry's Pride, who is owned by Jackson, set the pace in the Patrick Wood under jockey Mike Allen. Hot Chili stalked the pace before Loveberry asked him for his run on the far turn in the six-furlong race. Hot Chili ($3.80) found room along the rail and dueled with Berry's Pride through the stretch, finishing in 1:16.40. Curpico was another five lengths behind the top pair.

* It was an evening of ups and downs for Loveberry and Jackson. Loveberry's mount Devilsville Slew clipped heels in traffic and fell in the race prior to the stakes, throwing the 20-year-old jockey to the ground. Both horse and rider escaped serious injury.

Loveberry gave a gutsy ride in the Patrick Wood and then took off his remaining three mounts, including Salty Talker in the eighth race.

Salty Talker, who is trained by Jackson, was pulled up in distress and died of apparent cardiac arrest.

Loveberry's scheduled mount in the ninth, the veteran O. B. Quiet, then won with jockey Glenmore Mayhew aboard for trainer Doug Karcher.

Loveberry took off his Wednesday mounts with a bruised shoulder and is expected back on Saturday.

* Clever Idea ($11.20), with Freddie Mata aboard, was a 1 1/4-length winner for owner Steve Prain and trainer Dave Kueffner in last Saturday's $50,000 Sickle's Image Stakes for 2-year-old statebred fillies.

* Jockey Oscar Delgado will return to Mexico on Friday because of visa problems. He came to Michigan to ride Quarter Horses at Mt. Pleasant Meadows. Delgado has 5 wins from 71 mounts at Great Lakes without benefit of the the apprentice allowance.

Because Delgado did not claim the weight allowance at Mt. Pleasant Meadows, he was not allowed to claim it when he started riding Thoroughbreds at Great Lakes Downs. His visa was good only through the Mt. Pleasant Meadows meet, so he will have to return to Mexico to try for an extension, he said through an interpreter.

* A memorial service will be held Sept. 30 for trainer Leonard Iwan, who died last week after suffering a heart attack. Iwan, 68, had worked for Great Lakes Downs in recent years. His wife, Marilyn, is a trainer and also the office manager for the Michigan Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.