06/21/2005 11:00PM

Ritvo leads trainer standings, winning with his 2-year-olds

Jim Linscott
Cin Cin had 3 wins in 5 starts last year, two in stakes, including the Affirmed at Calder in September (above).

MIAMI - Trainer Tim Ritvo has never won a Calder training title. But after the first 42 days of the current meet, Ritvo, a former jockey, is sitting comfortably atop the trainer standings with 16 victories, four more than perennial champion Bill White.

Ritvo, a Massachusetts native, re-located to Calder from Suffolk Downs in 1990 along with his wife Kathy, who at the time was already an established trainer. Ritvo took out his own license in 1997 and has had considerable success in recent years but never enough stock to compete for a training title.

"I finished second behind Eddie Plesa at the Tropical meet a couple of years ago, but a smaller outfit has a chance during that meet because if you get on a little roll you can compete with the bigger stables during a shorter meet," Ritvo said.

"But the Calder meet is so long you really need a full barn to compete for the title, and until this year I just didn't have the numbers. I've got 40 horses now, and we're off to a good start although there are a lot of great horsemen behind us and we've still got a long way to go until the end of the meet."

The meet ends on Oct. 16.

Ritvo has had particular success with his young horses here this spring. He has already sent out the winners of four 2-year-old maiden special weight races, including a pair of very promising colts, R Fast Favorite and R Loyal Man, both of whom graduated at first asking within a 90-minute span on June 9. Both horses are owned by the A Kales Co.

"I think both horses are about equal in ability," said Ritvo."The Montbrook colt, R Fast Favorite, is eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes and we're really excited about him. Right now I'm pointing him for the Birdonthewire Stakes on July 9 and then, of course, the Stallion races.

I think the More Than Ready, R Loyal Man, may have an easier time getting a distance of ground. I'm thinking about the [Grade 3] Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs on July 10 for him."

Ritvo sold one of his juvenile winners, Wonder Lady Anne L., to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. after her nine-length maiden win here on May 30.

"I have a very good crew working for me and the training title is a goal we're all taking very seriously," said Ritvo. "I know you don't get anything for it but it's nice to have it on the resume and would be a great accomplishment for all of us if we are fortunate enough to pull it off."

Cin Cin defeat a crusher

White, who has won each of the last eight Calder training titles, moved into second place ahead of Plesa, Joe Calascibetta, Dave Fawkes, and Steve Dwoskin when sending out his 12th winner of the meet on Tuesday. But he was still cringing at the thought of one win that narrowly got away when Cin Cin finished second behind the fast-closing Dazzling Dr. Cevin in Sunday's Valid Video Stakes.

The Valid Video marked the first start for Cin Cin since he closed out his successful 2-year-old campaign with a dull seventh-place finish in the In Reality Stakes on Oct. 23. A son of Precocity, Cin Cin had won his previous three starts, including both the Affirmed and Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

"I thought he put forth a tremendous effort on Sunday, coming off the bench - the type of effort that would normally be a winning one," said White. "Luis Olivares's horse just outgamed us. I felt really good about the way he came back, but it's the kind of outcome that makes you grit your teeth a little when you get back to the barn and think about it."

White said he likely will keep Cin Cin running at distances of a mile or less in 2005 and that he would consider the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes on July 9 for his next start.

"I don't want to get overly ambitious with him too soon," said White. "The Carry Back, like the race Sunday, is only at six furlongs - and I think seven-eighths is probably his best distance. But we'll take a look at the race and see how it's shaping up before making a final decision."

In Summation heads the class

In Summation served notice he's the horse to beat in this year's open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes after drawing off to a one-sided 10 3/4-length victory over Tizzys No Saint and seven other overmatched juveniles in Monday's B L's Sweep Stakes. The victory was the second easy win in a row for In Summation, a son of Put It Back who is trained by Frank Gomez for the J.E.B. Stable.

In Summation's time of 104.78 for 5 1/2 furlongs was within two ticks of the track record and earned him a 98 Beyer Speed Figure.

* For the second time in less than a month, Calder's guaranteed pick nine wager was hit on Tuesday. The pick nine offers a guaranteed pool of $100,000 no matter how much money has been accumulated in the actual pool. A parade of favorites led to six correct winning tickets on Tuesday's card, each good for $12,166.60.