07/02/2004 11:00PM

Pleasanton: Timeintown wins second straight


PLEASANTON, Calif. - Timeintown ($6.60) improved her record to 2-for-2, scoring a gate-to-wire victory in the $47,450 Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at the Alameda County Fair on Saturday.

Timeintown, slightly favored over Kelly's Princess in the wagering, easily made the lead, holding a head advantage over stablemate Lady Siphonica around the turn of the five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies. She opened in the lane to defeat Kelly's Princess by 3 1/2 lengths, winning in 57.17 seconds.

"The game plan was to let the other one (Lady Siphonica) go and just sit off her," winning jockey Chad Schvaneveldt said. "My filly went right to the lead, and the way the track was favoring speed, I wasn't going to take off the lead once I got there.

"She was doing it easy and was playing around on the turn. Russell (Baze, who rode Lady Siphonica) looked over at me and said, 'You're looking pretty good,' and I said I had plenty of horse."

Kelly's Princess, breaking from the rail, got a good stalking trip but bumped with Rents Due and was forced to check at the top of the stretch.

"I had to grab her," jockey Chance Rollins said. "She tried. I don't know if I could have caught the winner late, but you hate to lose momentum, especially with 2-year-olds."

Timeintown won her debut in a $50,000 maiden claimer at Churchill Downs before moving to Doug O'Neill's barn in California. Saturday's start was her first for O'Neill. She earned $24,485 to increase her lifetime earnings to $39,305.