08/25/2002 11:00PM

Saturday Stakes Recaps


Delaware: Revved Up Black's 4,500th winner

Anthony Black, 50, has spent much of his career riding run-of-the-mill claiming horses. But he reached a career milestone in a $200,000 stakes, picking up the mount late on Revved Up for trainer Christophe Clement and winning the Caesar Rodney Handicap at Delaware Park.

It was the 4,500th victory of Black's career, which began in 1970. "It puts a nice light on your whole career that I just didn't win only the claiming races, even though they were the bread and butter," he said.

- Joe DeVivo

Arlington: Bonapaw wins in fast time

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - With jockey Gerard Melancon barely moving a muscle, heavily favored Bonapaw pulled away to win the $100,000 Arlington Sprint Handicap.

Bonapaw, a 6-year-old gelding who now has won 16 of 33 lifetime starts, dueled early with Tic N Tin in the six-furlong race, then pulled away down the stretch to win by 4 1/2 lengths. Secret Romeo was all out to get second by a head over Tic N Tin

Bonapaw was timed in 1:09.13, the fastest clicking at the distance in 59 days of the Arlington meet. He paid $3.40.

- Marcus Hersh

Monmouth: Jeb's Wild gets ideal trip

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Jeb's Wild sat a perfect trip off a blistering pace set by Lord Abounding and B K Dodger, took the lead at the sixteenth pole, and won the $50,000 Spend a Buck Stakes.

Jeb's Wild ($4.20), under Abdiel Toribio, got first jump on Lord Abounding, who took over turning for home, and fended off a strong challenge from May Expectations to win by a length. Lord Abounding held strongly after setting quick fractions, but he was nosed out for the place spot by May Expectations. Jeb's Wild covered one mile over a turf course labeled good in 1:36.07 before a crowd of 11,388.

Jeb's Wild, trained by Tim Hills and owned by Thomas Croley, has emerged as one of the top 3-year-old turf horses at Monmouth since making the surface change this meet, winning two of three starts. He ran second in the Lamplighter on Aug. 4 in his previous start.

- Ryan Goldberg

Gemma's Star upsets Susie's Poker

MIAMI - Gemma's Star emerged from a four-horse battle for the lead around the second turn and scored a convincing 2 1/2-length victory over 9-5 favorite Susie's Poker and six other

3-year-olds in the $75,000 Blazing Sword Stakes.

Gemma's Star, making only his third start since owner James Calderazzo switched him to trainer David Brownlee's barn earlier this year, returned $16 and gave jockey Manny Aguilar his fourth winner on the card. Gemma's Star covered the distance in 1:46.93 over a fast track.

- Mike Welsch

Woodbine: Duel aids Runaway Love

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Runaway Love, the longest shot in the four-horse field, overtook Krz Ruckus in the final furlong to win the $126,000 Shepperton Stakes by three lengths.

Krz Ruckus and Trailthefox dueled each other into submission in the 2001 Shepperton, and the same pace scenario played out in this year's running of the 6 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired runners. Krz Ruckus and Trailthefox hooked up through splits of 22.21 and 44.69 seconds, before favored Krz Ruckus gave way to Runaway Love, who ran the distance in 1:16.97.

Runaway Love ($12.70) earned $79,380 with Emile Ramsammy aboard.

"I think the blinkers sharpened him up today," said trainer Abraham Katryan, who saddled Runaway Love to a third-place finish in allowance company one week earlier.

o Noble Strike ($8.70) got her first stakes win in the $107,000 Belle Geste, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred fillies and mares.

- Ron Gierkink

Thistledown: Bolaro draws clear

Bolaro ($6.80) chased the pacesetting Pyrite Dance until deep stretch, then dug in under strong handling by Luis Gonzalez to make the lead and draw off to a 1 3/4-length win over her seven 2-year old Ohio-bred filly rivals in the $40,000 Miss Ohio.

Pyrite Dance finished gamely to gain second over Orangeberry by a nose.

Bolaro ran the six furlongs in 1:12.10.

- Chuck Scaravilli

Ellis: Horse for the course

Dash for Daylight again showed a fondness for Ellis Park, drawing clear to win the $75,000 Governor's Handicap in Henderson, Ky.

Dash for Daylight put away the 6-5 favorite, Danthebluegrassman before finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Frazee's Folly.

Robin Zee finished third and Danthebluegrassman wound up last in a field of seven

3-year-olds and upward.

The winner paid $5.60, running the one-mile race in in 1:37.35. In three previous starts at Ellis, Dash for Daylight won the Don Bernhardt Handicap twice and finished second in the 2001 Governor's.

- Marty McGee

Retama: Padlock wins Alamo

Padlock ($6.60) drove past Front Nine in the final furlong to win the $30,000 Battle of the Alamo Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Retama Park near San Antonio. It was another nose back in third to Son of a Lue.

Padlock was with the pace from the start, and covered the seven furlongs for 3-year-olds in 1:24.21 under Curt Bourque. Padlock improved his record to four wins in nine starts. The Alamo is the first stakes win for Padlock and his trainer, James R. Jones, a former assistant to Frank Brothers.

- Mary Rampellini

Louisiana Downs: Cielo Girl rallies to win

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Cielo Girl rallied from off the pace under Tim Doocy to win the Monique Rene Handicap over seven rivals.

Pacesetter Miss Photogenic held on stubbornly to finish second, followed by Mike's Sister. Midge Too, the 7-5 favorite, ran last.

Claimed in February by trainer Steve Asmussen for owner Ro Parra, Cielo Girl ($18.60) has won four of her last seven starts. She ran the six furlongs in 1:10.51.

- Jeff Taylor