10/24/2010 7:23AM

R Boy Bill and Tiger Girl wire rivals in Retama stakes


Speed ruled in Retama Park’s closing night stakes on Saturday, when R Boy Bill and Tiger Girl led wire to wire to win, respectively, the El Joven and La Senorita. Both races were for 2-year-olds at a mile on turf and each was worth $75,000.

R Boy Bill ($4) was moving to two turns for the El Joven and with the win remained perfect on turf. He broke on top in the race, run on firm ground, to lead the field through an opening half-mile in 46.40 seconds. R Boy Bill continued to dictate the terms through six furlongs in 1:10.55 before finishing in 1:35.34. He won by 4 1/4 lengths over Col Wright.

R Boy Bill was vanned off the track after the race, and was found to have a bone chip in a knee, according to his trainer, Wesley Ward. He is to have the chip removed and is expected to make his comeback next spring, he said. R Boy Bill had been a possible candidate for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Jeff Sanchez rode R Boy Bill. The horse had won a maiden special weight on turf at Saratoga and a first-level allowance at Kentucky Downs leading up to the El Joven. He is owned by Averill Racing and Lou Donato.

Tiger Girl ($4.80) rolled to a 2 3/4-length win over Patty’s Pride in the La Senorita. Tiger Girl ran the opening half-mile in 46.55 seconds before going on to win in 1:34.75. Don Simington was aboard for Israel Flores and trainer Tony Richey. It was the second stakes win for Tiger Girl.