Updated on 09/15/2011 1:00PM

Saturday Stakes Recap


Claimers claim another at Arlington

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Two-year-old claimers continued to do amazingly well at Arlington when Double Zero Seven won the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes on Saturday.

Double Zero Seven, claimed for $25,000 earlier this summer at Churchill Downs, won the Gilded Time Stakes here three weeks ago, and last weekend the 2-year-old filly Vicki Vallencourt, a maiden claiming winner, won the Top Flight Stakes here.

Double Zero Seven, owned by Larry Telle and trained by Angel Montano, took advantage of a sizzling early pace to win for the fourth time in a row. Double Zero Seven, by Beau Genius, won a $50,000 claiming race here and an allowance race before sweeping Arlington's two sprint stakes for 2-year-olds. Double Zero Seven was ridden to victory by jockey Shane Sellers, who won his first stakes race since returning from injury here in late August, and who announced shortly after the race that he was going to cease riding and have his knee evaluated by his doctor in Louisville, Ky.

Double Zero Seven contested the pace in his last four starts, but on Saturday he rated in fourth place while Super Striker set a very fast pace of 21.61 seconds for a quarter-mile and 44.45 for a half. He was tracked by Lunar Bounty, the 7-5 favorite, and Ammodio. In midstretch, the leaders began to tire. Lunar Bounty briefly looked like a winner inside the sixteenth pole, but Double Zero Seven made steady progress up the rail and scored by a half-length. Lunar Bounty held the place over a closing Tinker.

Double Zero Seven ran six furlongs in 1:11.07 and paid $12.20 to win as the fourth choice in a field of seven.

- Marcus Hersh

Delaware: Xtra Heat wins duel

The highly anticipated matchup between graded stakes winners Xtra Heat and Big Bambu ended at the quarter pole of Saturday's six-furlong Endine Stakes at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del. That's where Xtra Heat disposed of Big Bambu en route to a 5 1/4-length victory.

Ivy's Jewel finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of a tired Big Bambu, who took third in the field of five in the Grade 3 Endine, a $150,000 race for fillies and mares.

Owned by Kenneth Taylor and partners and trained by John Salzman, Xtra Heat set fractions of 21.55 seconds and 44.12 under Rick Wilson, and won in 1:09.64. She paid $3.20.

The victory was the 16th in 19 starts for Xtra Heat, a 3-year-old filly by Dixieland Heat.

- Ira Kaplan

Pimlico: John's Call off board

La Reine's Terms ($49.40) improved his record to 4 for 5 over the Pimlico Race Course turf course Saturday when he defeated eight other older horses in the $97,000 Bald Eagle Breeders' Cup Handicap at the Laurel-at-Pimlico meet in Baltimore, Md.

John's Call, the 13-10 favorite, never fired after racing in midpack in the one-mile turf race, finishing seventh under Jean-Luc Samyn. A multiple Grade 1-winning earner of nearly $1.6 million, the 10-year-old John's Call was receiving Lasix for the first time after having bled at Saratoga in his last start.

La Reine's Terms, a 6-year-old horse bred and owned by Sondra Bender, won by three lengths under Larry Reynolds Jr. He is trained at Laurel by Larry Murray.

Cherokeeinthehills, a 19-1 shot under Mario Verge, nipped second choice In Frank's Honor for second, completing a $695.80 exacta. The winning time was 1:33.80 over firm going.

- Marty McGee

Bay Meadows: Lexicon all the way

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Lexicon, ridden by Russell Baze, used a pace advantage to upset the 1-5 favorite Swept Overboard and win the $150,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint by three-quarters of a length Saturday.

Lexicon broke like a shot and quickly opened up by a length, with the other three entrants racing as a team. After a quarter in a slow 22.75 seconds, Lexicon opened a lead of nearly three lengths en route to a 44.59 half.

Swept Overboard, ridden by Corey Nakatani, took off after Lexicon on the turn. He got to within about a neck in deep stretch, but could make no further headway. Lexicon inched away at the end and ran the six furlongs in a blazing 1:07.94. You and You Alone finished third, with Riotous Richie fourth.

Lexicon, trained by Richard Mandella and owned by Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Moss, earned $82,500 and paid $6 to win. A 6-year-old son of Conquistador Cielo, who won this race last year, he has now won 11 of his 35 career starts and earned $820,965.

- Dale Omenson

Calder: Happily Unbridled is back

MIAMI - Happily Unbridled proved she is back on top of her game by rallying to a 7 1/4-length victory over Company Storm in Saturday's $50,000 Judy's Red Shoes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Calder.

Happily Unbridled, badly outrun in graded stakes three times during the spring before being sidelined with ulcers, rated just off the early pace of North Park Legend. Under leading rider Cornelio Velasquez, Happily Unbridled launched her bid wide on the final turn and easily ran down Company Storm.

Company Storm, who defeated Happily Unbridled in the Delta Love Stakes on the grass four weeks earlier, finished five lengths clear of Sea Mist for second. Neither member of the 6-5 favored entry, Halo Reality and Valid Forbes, threatened, finishing fourth and fifth, in a field of eight.

Happily Unbridled paid $7.60. She covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.69 in her first start over a sloppy track.

"You always fear the unknown," winning owner and trainer Happy Alter said, referring to the sloppy track. "But obviously it didn't bother her at all. I hope to find the right spots for her right here and then run at Gulfstream this winter."

- Mike Welsch

Turfway: A resurgent Rosi wins

Generous Rosi continued a remarkable resurgence in his new career on dirt by posting an easy victory Saturday in the $82,500, Grade 3 Turfway Park Fall Championship in Florence, Ky.

Taken straight to the lead from his outside post by jockey Lonnie Meche, Generous Rosi was never seriously threatened in the 1 1/8-mile race, winning by four lengths over Storm Day, the 8-5 favorite in a field of six older horses. The victory was the second in a row for Generous Rosi since trainer Niall O'Callaghan moved the 6-year-old horse to dirt.

Generous Rosi paid $10 as the third choice after finishing in 1:49.83 over a fast track.

Generous Rosi, bred in England, had started 25 times on turf before making his dirt debut this summer.

"We'll sure have to keep thinking dirt for him in the near future," said O'Callaghan, whose stable will be represented in the Sept. 22 Kentucky Cup Classic by Guided Tour. "Maybe races like the Fayette at Keeneland or the Clark at Churchill might be right. He ran off the TV screen today, so we'll try to keep it going."

Storm Day battled much of the way for second with Jadada before edging away to take the place by two lengths. Then came Jadada, Tiltam, Connected and Advanced Edition.

- Marty McGee

Meadowlands: Sandy catches Rico

In a field reduced by scratches from five to three, Say Florida Sandy ran down a loose-on-the-lead Disco Rico to win the $100,000 Paterson Handicap Friday at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

Disco Rico, sent off a slight favorite at 7-10, set fractions of 21.64 seconds and 43.96 under jockey Harry Vega in the six-furlong Paterson. Disco Rico drew clear turning into the stretch, but Say Florida Sandy and jockey Aaron Gryder caught him in late stretch and won by 1 1/2 lengths. Loaded Gun ran third.

The New York-bred Say Florida Sandy, owned by John Rotella and trained by Juan Serey, ran the distance in 1:09.11. He paid $3.60.

- Ira Kaplan

Woodbine: Ginger Gold by 8 1/4

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Ginger Gold destroyed a quality field in the first and faster division of the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine Saturday.

New York shipper Global Vision, the Bill Mott-trained favorite, led the way in the one-mile turf race while being tracked by Ginger Gold. Global Vision, who set quick fractions, began to weaken exiting the turn and was overtaken by Ginger Gold at the top of the stretch. Ginger Gold then drew away under jockey Richard Dos Ramos to score by 8 1/4 lengths in 1:34.66.

West Madisyn edged Southey by three-quarters of a length for second, while Global Vision faded to fourth in the seven-horse field.

Ginger Gold ($8.30) earned $107,550 of the $163,250 purse for the Jim Dandy Stable and trainer Sid Attard.

Lush Soldier outlasted Straight From Texas to capture the second Natalma split, which was worth $144,850.

Lush Soldier stalked a moderate pace under Mickey Walls and wore down Straight From Texas in the final furlong to prevail by a half-length. Bala rallied to finish third, while favored Jealous Forum was fourth in the nine-horse field.

The final time of 1:35.44 was well off the course record of 1:32.80, which was set by the winner's sire, Lost Soldier, in 1996.

Lush Soldier returned $5.70 as the second choice and banked $83,550 for owner John Franks and trainer David Bell.

- Ron Gierkink

Thistledown: Maidens no more

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - U S S Tinosa and his trainer, Larry Richardson, each won their first race in Saturday's $75,000 Juvenile Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. U S S Tinosa defeated favorite Watch Me Fire by a length, and it was 10 lengths back to Truth Matters, who finished third in the field of 10 Ohio-bred 2-year-olds.

U S S Tinosa, making his fourth start, was ridden by Luis Gonzalez. U S S Tinosa saved ground in midpack for five furlongs, then engaged Watch Me Fire for the lead and drew clear in deep stretch, winning in 1:46.50 over the fast track. He paid $11.80.

Richardson has had his trainer's license only since last month.

- Chuck Scaravilli