07/31/2007 11:00PM

McKee improves local record


Jockey John McKee, who rode Lawyer Ron to victory in the St. Louis Derby a year ago, made a successful return to Fairmount Park on Tuesday, guiding Sea Button to an upset victory over Magnetic Miss in the $45,000 Pollyana Pixie Stakes, one of six Illinois-bred stakes on the eight-race card.

Making just her fourth start, and her first in a stakes, the 3-year-old Sea Button ($10.60) pressed the pacesetting Frances Cat, took over from that rival turning for home, and drew off to score by 2 3/4 lengths. Magnetic Miss, the even-money choice, finished second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Frances Cat.

In other stakes on the day:

* Oust ($12.20) registered his fifth win of the Fairmount meet in the Tex's Zing Handicap, turning back a stretch challenge from Barely Union Scale to win by a head. Front-running Holy City held third, while Guccione, the favorite off two overnight handicap wins earlier in the meet, stumbled leaving the gate and unseated jockey Israel Ocampo.

* In the day's biggest upset, He's Hot Sauce ($11.40) wore down 1-5 favorite Caruso to win the Pete Condellone Memorial for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Aided by a speed duel between Caruso and eventual third-place finisher Gotem Cart, He's Hot Sauce collared Caruso inside the quarter pole and drew off to a 2 1/4-length win under jockey Jesse Campbell.

* The graded-stakes-placed Stop a Train ($5) caught front-running longshot Meho Rouge in the stretch to win the Bungalow Handicap by a neck. The Bungalow was the first win of the year for Stop a Train, who had been winless since taking the Illini Princess Handicap at Hawthorne last November.

* Carlos Silva, who rode Stop a Train to victory in the Bungalow, was also aboard Sarahlinds Sister ($7.40) for her win in the All Sold Out Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Beaten a neck in her debut at Arlington in her previous start, Sarahlinds Sister beat Lune Rouge by a length.

* Another maiden victory was achieved in the other 2-year-old stakes, the Troy Our Boy for colts and geldings. River Bear ($3.60), a full brother to the top statebred mare Lady Riss, was an easy 6 1/2-length winner under Ocampo.