08/17/2001 11:00PM

Saturday Stakes Roundup


Xtra Heat romps in Straight Deal

Xtra Heat, coming off a rare loss, romped to a six-length victory in the $112,000 Straight Deal Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday at Pimlico. She ran the six furlongs in 1:09.07, just off the track record of 1:09 set by Northern Wolf in 1990.

The victory was the 15th in 18 starts for Xtra Heat, who had finished second in her previous race, the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga. Owned by Kenneth Taylor and trained by John Salzman, Xtra Heat has now earned nearly $900,000. She returned $2.60 on Saturday.

Xtra Heat, under Rick Wilson, outsprinted Shutup and Dance for the early lead in the Straight Deal and set fractions of 23 and 45.77 seconds. Superduper Miss took up the chase on the turn, but Xtra Heat ran away from her in the final furlong. Superduper Miss finished 6 1/4 lengths in front of Shutup and Dance, who took third in the field of five fillies and mares.

- Ira Kaplan

Ellis Park: Huge show payoffs

Buster's Daydream, the 1-5 favorite, finished off the board in Saturday's $100,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, and the result was triple-digit show payoffs on the top three finishers. Request for Parole won the seven-furlong race and paid $24, $17.60, and $134.60. Runner-up Twin Talk returned $22.20 and $195.80, and third-place finisher Classic Hero paid $230.60.

Buster's Daydream made what appeared to be a winning move on the turn, but he suddenly flattened out and finished fourth.

In the $100,000 Ellis Debutante, also Saturday, heavy favorite Lakeside Cup and Playing 'n Gold dead-heated for the victory. Lakeside Cup, the 7-10 favorite, paid $2.20 and Playing 'n Gold, at 7-2, returned $2.80.

- Ira Kaplan

Calder: Fappie's Notebook is back

MIAMI - Fappie's Notebook served notice he will be a force to reckon with in the local handicap division when he returned from a four-month layoff and outfinished his uncoupled stablemate, Alice's Notebook, to post a half-length victory in Saturday's $60,000 Groomstick Handicap.

Fappie's Notebook, who had not started since winning Hialeah's

1 1/8-mile Seminole Handicap on April 15, settled nearly 10 lengths off the blistering pace of Kipperscope, who went the opening quarter and half-mile of the six-furlong race in 21.25 and 44.69 seconds. Alice's Notebook overtook Kipperscope near midstretch, but Fappie's Notebook finished strongly down the middle of the track despite not changing leads through the stretch to collar his stablemate in the final 40 yards.

Callie and Jake missed second by a nose after rallying from last in a field of eight older colts and geldings.

Fappie's Notebook paid $4.40 after covering six furlongs in 1:12.05 under Sebastian Madrid.

Fappie's Notebook "came up with a broken splint bone after the Seminole," said Manny Tortora, who trains both Fappie's Notebook and Alice's Notebook. "I really didn't want to bring him back going three-quarters, but I couldn't get any other race for him."

Fappie's Notebook gave Madrid a sweep of the afternoon's two stakes. Earlier in the day he guided Mr. Livingston to a three-quarters of a length victory over Special Coach in the $30,730 Ensign Ray Handicap on the turf.

The victory was the first for Mr. Livingston since he won Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes in February 2000. Mr. Livingston, who is owned by Teresa and David Palmer and trained by Bill Kaplan, paid $6.40 after covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.77 over firm turf.

- Mike Welsch

Woodbine: Hopeful Moment rallies

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hopeful Moment benefited from a hotly contested pace battle to capture the $131,125 Shepperton Stakes at Woodbine Saturday.

Hopeful Moment stalked favored Krz Ruckus and Saratoga shipper Trailthefox, who dueled through fractions of 21.94 and 44.08 seconds in the 6 1/2-furlong dash for Ontario-sired runners. He blew by the leaders at the eighth pole and coasted home by 4 1/2 lengths in a quick 1:15.85.

"Things worked out great today," said Slade Callaghan, who rode Hopeful Moment. "My horse tried hard all the way, came running down the lane, and made it look easy."

Krz Ruckus, the 126-pound highweight, saw his five-race win streak end in the race, but he held off Trailthefox by a neck to finish second. Casino Prince and Fun to Run completed the order of finish.

It was the first stakes victory for both Hopeful Moment and his trainer, John LeBlanc Jr. He returned $8.30 and earned $78,675 for Racing 2000 and partners. There was no show wagering.

- Ron Gierkink

Thistledown: Watch Me Fire upsets

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Watch Me Fire made the lead with a bold move entering the stretch and widened out to a 6 1/2-length tally over 1-10 favorite Joanies Bella in the $30,000 Loyalty Stakes on Saturday at Thistledown. Dinkers Millennium finished third, 3 1/2 lengths farther back in the field of six Ohio-bred 2-year-olds.

Watch Me Fire was ridden by William Troilo and is trained by William J. Napier. He got the six furlongs in 1:10.86 over the fast racing strip and returned $26.80 to win.

A minus show pool of $4,419 was created when $34,344 of the $36,044 bet in the pool was wagered on Joanies Bella, including an early $20,000 wager.

- Chuck Scaravilli