06/30/2008 12:00AM

Huge day for Sadler - a stakes triple


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Left alone on the lead, Dearest Trickski can be dangerous filly.

In the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park on Saturday, Dearest Trickski shook clear of her 10 rivals, set a moderate pace and was not challenged in the stretch, winning by 2 1/4 lengths. She completed a remarkable day for leading trainer John Sadler, who won three of the four stakes on the program.

The Grade 2 A Gleam unfolded in a surprising style. Magnificience, the 5-2 favorite, who was expected to be near the front, broke slowly and was ninth in the early running.

Dearest Trickski ($15.80) led by 1 1/2 lengths on the backstretch. Ridden by Mike Smith, she set fractions of 22.83 and 45.41 seconds, and was never threatened in the stretch. She finished seven furlongs in 1:21.55.

Magnificience finished second, a length in front of Romance Is Diane. Intangaroo, the winner of two Grade 1 races for female sprinters earlier this year, finished fourth.

The Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap was Dearest Trickski's third stakes win in her last four starts, a span that includes a win in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita last December. In her three stakes wins she has led from the start.

Owned by Tom Mankiewicz, Dearest Trickski was claimed for $32,000 at Del Mar last August. She has won 10 of 15 starts and $540,108. Since being claimed, Dearest Trickski has earned $492,408.

American: Whatsthescript with big upset

Taking gambles with stakes runners paid off handsomely for Sadler earlier on the card.

He won the first two stakes on the program, the $250,000 American Handicap with Whatsthescript, the 29-1 longest shot in the field, and the $102,900 Landaluce Stakes with Emmy Darling.

The victory by Whatsthescript was a surprise. Ridden by Isaias Enriquez, Whatsthescript rallied from sixth to finish 1 1/4 lengths in front of pacesetter Storm Military. Hyperbaric finished third in the field of seven. Whatsthescript ($60.20) ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.34.

Daytona, the 3-5 favorite, finished sixth, six lengths behind Whatsthescript. He was near the lead to the eighth pole and was not a factor in the final furlong.

"He came up empty," trainer Dan Hendricks said.

Whatsthescript did not reach contention until the final turn. Enriquez brought Whatsthescript between Storm Military and a fading Daytona to take the lead in the final furlong.

"I thought he'd run well," Sadler said. "He'd had some good works."

Owned by Tom and Debbie Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Whatsthescript was making his first start since finishing 13th in the Grade 3 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. He was sidelined with a bruised foot following that race. The American was Whatsthescript's first start for Sadler.

A 4-year-old colt by Royal Applause, Whatsthescript has won 5 of 10 starts and $337,734.

Landaluce: Emmy Darling catches Glitter City

Emmy Darling was making her second start in the Landaluce, and reversed the result of her debut, a maiden race on June 15.

On Saturday, Emmy Darling rallied in the final sixteenth to catch Glitter City, who had won the maiden race by two lengths.

Emmy Darling ($8.40) ran six furlongs in 1:09.52, winning by two lengths. Cosmic Queen, the even-money favorite, finished third in the field of seven 2-year-old fillies.

Emmy Darling was on the rail throughout the race. She was fourth on the backstretch and moved into third on the turn.

Emmy Darling has made two starts and earned $71,340.

"It was a highly regarded maiden race," Sadler said of the June 15 race. "It was the best heat, and she was running at the end. We thought we'd take a chance."