08/06/2001 12:00AM

Saturday Stakes recaps (8/4/01)


Tempera gives Godolphin a stakes winner

DEL MAR, Calif. - A filly once described as "runty" gave Godolphin Racing's American 2-year-old division and trainer Eoin Harty their first stakes winner, in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes Saturday at Del Mar.

The filly is Tempera, who won the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes by nine lengths and in the process ran her way into the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante on Aug. 26.

"I thought she'd win, but I didn't think she'd win like that," Harty said. "I hate to sound braggish, but I felt confident."

Harty, the private trainer of Godolphin's American 2-year-olds since 2000, said Tempera has grown up since she began training last winter. "She was a little runty," he said. "I thought if she could fill into herself, she'd be a nice filly."

Given an ideal trip by jockey David Flores, Tempera ($3.60) stalked pacesetter Georgia's Storm to the quarter-pole, took the lead turning for home, and drew off under a hand ride. She ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.13 before a crowd of 22,812.

Respectful, a maiden, finished second, a length in front of Roaring Blaze. Georgia's Storm faded in the final furlong to finish fourth in the field of eight 2-year-old fillies. "She finally threw in a stinker," trainer Eduardo Inda said.

The Sorrento was Tempera's stakes debut. Her long term goal is the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.

"If I can keep her head together, she'll do the rest for me," Harty said. "She's got a ton of gas."

- Steve Andersen

Monmouth: Forest Heiress wins Colleen

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Forest Heiress improved her record to 2 for 2, with an impressive 6 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 Colleen Stakes. Forest Heiress ($3), a daughter of Forest Wildcat owned by New Farm and trained by Ben Perkins Jr., ran the 5 1/2 furlongs in a rapid 1:03.55, despite being under a hold the entire way by jockey Dale Beckner. Al Max Diner, who was coupled in the wagering with Forest Heiress, finished second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Ghost Wrestling in third.

"Every time I chirped to her she had another gear," said Beckner. "I looked back in the stretch and knew we were clear so I just let her coast under the wire."

* Sea of Green, second behind Amsterdam winner City Zip in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup on July 4, came back to win the $75,000 Rumson Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs in 1:10.29. Sea of Green ($7.20), trained and owned by Janis Gerace, sat off a hot pace and closed three wide to win going away under Chuck Lopez.

- Ryan Goldberg

Santa Rosa: Red Eye wins first stakes

Red Eye won his first stakes, the $100,600 Joseph Grace Handicap at the Santa Rosa (Calif.) County Fair, even though jockey Danny Sorenson lost his whip in early stretch.

Red Eye ($4.60) ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.15, winning by three lengths over Prodigious, who finished a nose in front of Moonlight Meeting in the field of seven.

Sorenson rated Red Eye at the back of the field to the final turn, rallying three wide to reach contention. Sorenson dropped the whip near the three-sixteenths pole, but Red Eye had already taken command.

A 5-year-old, Red Eye has won 6 of 18 starts for owner John T.L. Jones and trainer Bruce Jackson.

- Steve Andersen

Louisiana Downs: Unrullah Bull edges clear

Favored Unrullah Bull edged clear from longshot L. A. Spider Legs late to win the 24th running of the $75,000 Ark-La-Tex Handicap by a 1 1/4 lengths. Rebridled finished another 8 1/2 lengths back in third. Second choice Big Numbers trailed much of the way and finished fifth in the six-horse field.

Ridden by Anthony Lovato, Unrullah Bull ($3.20) prompted early leader Gold Cure through an opening half-mile in 47.57 seconds. Unrullah Bull and L. A. Spider Legs moved to the front together entering the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile race. They dueled until deep stretch before Unrullah Bull drew away.

Unrullah Bull won for the fourth time this year, all since trainer Cole Norman claimed him for $25,000 for owners Jim and Teresa Donnan at Lone Star on May 3. Unrullah Bull covered the nine furlongs in 1:48.30, coming close to Mocha Express's track record of 1:48.14, set in the 1999 Ark-La-Tex.

Unrullah Bull has won 8 of 24 career starts. The winner's share of $45,000 increased his total earnings to over $210,000.

- Jeff Taylor

Ellis Park: Valory scores, wire to wire

Valory kept her perfect turf record intact with a gutsy wire-to-wire win the $50,000 Audubon Oaks. Carving out fast fractions on very firm turf, Valory had more than enough to repel the late advances of favorite Casual Feat to win by three-quarters of a length. The Hess Express was another three lengths back in third. Valory ($7.60) ran the mile in a blazing 1:32.93. Calvin Borel was the winning rider.

- Vance Hanson

Evangeline Downs: Courvoisier remains perfect

Courvoisier kept his perfect record intact at Evangeline Downs in Lafayette, La., outfinishing heavily favored Doeny Rain in the Bayouland Sales Futurity. Three Bags Full was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third, followed by Ding Dang Outlaw. Courvoisier paid $20.20 and topped a $115.40 exacta.

Courvoisier, owned by H & H Ranch, and Doeny Rain hooked up with Ding Dang Outlaw from the start and the three ran an opening quarter of 23 seconds. Courvoisier took a slight lead on the turn, and won by 1 1/2 lengths.

Courvoisier has won all three of his starts. With a first-place prize of $36,000, the Bayouland was by far his biggest payday.

- Jeff Taylor

River Downs: Harlan's Holiday simply too good

Harlan's Holiday outclassed his fellow Ohio-breds in the $40,000 Hoover Stakes for 2-year-olds. Harlan's Holiday ($2.80) finished four lengths in front, and covered the six furlongs in 1:13.40. Tony D'Amico rode the winner.

- Vance Hanson

Retama: Twice-claimed Antologica triumphs

Antologica, claimed out of her last two races, ran to a three-length victory in the $33,500 Margarita Breeders' Cup Handicap at Retama Park near San Antonio. Screen Attraction rallied for second, a half-length in front of third-place finisher Caustic Remark.

Trainer Gerald Romero claimed Antologica for $35,000 on behalf of owner Leland Cook in her previous start. The Margarita was the mare's third consecutive win, and her second career stakes win, her first coming two years ago in her native Chile.

In the Margarita, Antologica ($9.60) took the lead into the stretch, then darted clear. She covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:43.34. She was ridden by Steve Bourque.

- Mary Rampellini

England: Lailani wins sixth straight race

Lailani is in the picture for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf after having won for the sixth straight time in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. She defeated Snowflake by 1 1/2 lengths.

- Alan Shuback