12/15/2007 12:00AM

Redaspen gets trip in La Prevoyante

EmailMIAMI - Redaspen slipped through along the hedge down the stretch, then outfinished Green Girl and a troubled Dalvina to post the most important victory of her career in Saturday's $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap at Calder.

Redaspen ($18.60), a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Bianconi, had been graded-stakes-placed twice earlier this season before adding the Grade 2 La Prevoyante to her resume. The victory also gave Rebecca Baker the first graded stakes win of her training career. Redaspen, who is owned by the Equivine Farm, had been trained by Tim Woolley until being transferred to Baker and sent to south Florida after having eye surgery in August.

Oh Deanne O set the early pace with My Rachel hot on her heels. Jockey Eddie Castro saved ground with Redaspen while racing in mid-pack and allowed her to remain along the hedge when they launched her bid into the stretch. Redaspen overtook My Rachel, who had forged to a short lead at the head of the stretch, nearing the sixteenth marker, before edging out to a three-quarter-length decision over Green Girl.

Dalvina raced well placed, also saving ground for over a mile of the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante. The even-money favorite and 117-pound highweight, she eased out leaving the final turn and appeared full of run when she was bumped and forced to take up sharply, shut off between horses leaving the eighth pole. Dalvina, with Cornelio Velasquez riding, ultimately recovered in time to outfinish My Rachel by a nose for third.

Redaspen covered the distance in 2:26.63 over a turf course officially listed as good but which appeared to be more on the firm side.

"The owners wanted to retire her after her win at Philadelphia Park, but a mutual friend talked them into sending her down here to me for the winter," said Baker, who had saddled only nine horses and won just one race before Saturday. "Eddie rode her perfect. Last time she had a wall of horses in front of her. She'd never been this far before, but we always thought the further she went the better."

Graham Motion, who trains Dalvina, was understandably dejected after the race.

"She just got stopped cold," said Motion. "Cornelio said he hadn't even asked her to run yet when she ran into all that trouble."

Kenny Noe: Paradise Dancer gets up

Paradise Dancer, a former claimer who has gotten better with age, overtook a dead-game Finallymadeit in the final strides to register a hard-fought neck decision in the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap. It was another 5 1/2 lengths back to Finance Minister in third.

Paradise Dancer ($4.20), a 7-year-old gelded son of Langfuhr, added the Grade 3 Kenny Noe to earlier wins this season in the Go to Will and Blazing Sword stakes. The result of the Kenny Noe mirrored that of the seven-furlong Go to Will, in which Paradise Dancer also ran down Finallymadeit in deep stretch.

Paradise Dancer received a perfect trip under jockey Elvis Trujillo, rating just behind a hotly contested early pace duel between Finallymadeit and Rexson's Rose. Finallymadeit ultimately shook off his early rival once settling into the stretch, then dug in resolutely when engaged by Paradise Dancer inside the eighth pole before succumbing grudgingly in the final yards.

Kirk Ziadie, who trains Paradise Dancer for Richard Averill, called the 3-year-old Finallymadeit "a tough cookie," but that "this old man" - Paradise Dancer - "is tough too.

"He's getting up there in age, but he can still do it, although you have to space out his races."

Fred W. Hooper: Electrify scores

Trujillo came right back 30 minutes later to post the second of his three straight graded wins on the card by guiding Electrify to a convincing 2 3/4-length victory over Summer Book in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap. Imawildandcrazyguy finished third.

As was the case with Paradise Dancer, Trujillo allowed his mount to settle in nice position behind a pair of rivals content on battling for the early lead. Electrify, a 4-year-old Delaware Township gelding, readily overtook the tiring Golden Strategy and Pop Goes the Tiger into the stretch, then after edging clear had little trouble holding off Summer Book.

The Hooper gave Electrify his fourth victory from his last five starts, all stakes, increasing his earnings for the year to just under $300,000. Electrify, the 122-pound highweight in a full field of 12 older horses, paid $7.40 after negotiating 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.56 over a fast track.

"I had two concerns going into the race: the post and giving away some weight, but it worked out just fine," said Eddie Plesa Jr. who trains Electrify for the Padua Stables. "He's gotten better as the season has gone along, and I think having him gelded before he came back this year has certainly helped him."

Plesa said Electrify would likely make his next start in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita on Jan. 26.