09/09/2001 11:00PM

Saturday Stakes roundup (9/8/01)


Xtra Heat melts Big Bambu in Delaware stretch

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. 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 ($3.20) set fractions of 21.55 seconds and 44.12 under Rick Wilson, and won in 1:09.64.

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

Xtra Heat will likely make her next start in the six-furlong $100,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes at Delaware on Sept. 29. A victory there would put Xtra Heat, a $5,000 auction purchase last year, over the $1 million career earnings mark.

If she runs well, Salzman is considering sending her to face older males in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.

* Concerned Minister ($4.60), making his second start off a long layoff, won the $76,200 Owners' Day Handicap, earning a Beyer Figure of 112 for 1 1/8 miles. As a 3-year-old last December, Concerned Minister posted a 121 Beyer at Fair Grounds. Trained by Bud Delp, Concerned Minister now has won 6 of 11 career starts.

* Crystal Sea ($4), back on her best surface and distance after an unsucessful try sprinting on dirt, went wire to wire to win the $75,900 George Rosenberger Memorial for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

- Ira Kaplan

Arlington: Another claimer wins stakes

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.

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

Double Zero Seven ($12.20), 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.

- Marcus Hersh

Pimlico: John's Call off the board

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

John's Call, the 6-5 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.

- Marty McGee

Bay Meadows: Lexicon all the way

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Lexicon ($6), ridden by Russell Baze, used a pace advantage to upset 1-5 favorite Swept Overboard and win the $150,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint by three-quarters of a length.

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

- Dale Omenson

Calder: Happily Unbridled is back

MIAMI - Happily Unbridled ($7.60) proved she is back on top of her game by rallying to a 7 1/4-length victory over Company Storm in the $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.

- Mike Welsch

Turfway: A resurgent Rosi wins

Generous Rosi ($10) continued a remarkable resurgence in his new career on dirt by posting an easy victory in the Grade 3 $82,500 Turfway Park Fall Championship.

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.

- Marty McGee

Thistledown: Maidens no more

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - U S S Tinosa ($11.80) and his trainer, Larry Richardson, each won their first race in the $75,000 Juvenile Stakes at Thistledown.

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.

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

- Chuck Scaravilli

Fairplex: Literal Prowler surprises

POMONA, Calif. - A deep closer won the $49,500 Phil D. Shepherd Stakes at Fairplex Park, but not the one most bettors expected. Literal Prowler ($12.20) rallied from last to outfinish late-runner Grey Memo, the 8-5 favorite, by three-quarters of a length in the 1 1/16-mile stakes.

Tyler Baze rode the Mike Mitchell-trained Literal Prowler, a 7-year-old gelding by Literati. The win was Literal Prowler's eighth from 35 starts, and his first since being claimed one start back for $50,000. The Shepherd gives Literal Prowler license to take on Budroyale and Native Desert in the biggest race of the meet, the $100,000 Ralph H. Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap on Sept. 23.

- Brad Free

Hastings: Collect Call proves a bargain

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Heads turned when Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez spent the highest price ever in a Washington State Sale for Collect Call in the Marshall Naify Dispersal Sale last August. The price tag of $250,000 seemed like a lot of money for a 2-year-old filly who had just finished third in a minor stakes at Emerald Downs.

It turns out she was a bargain for the Rodriguez family and with the $105,000 Collect Call ($2.90) took home winning the British Columbia Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hastings Park, her total earnings are now $379,055.

- Randy Goulding

Northlands: Rancour no longer unknown

EDMONTON, Alberta - A virtual unknown at the start of the Northlands Park season, the Ernie Keller-trained Rancour stole the show in the $100,000 Speed to Spare.

Keller and owner Dennis Dale claimed Rancour, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old in June. Since then he has won two stakes and boosted his year's earnings to over $127,000.

Rancour probably will be pointed toward the $100,000 Premier's Handicap at Hastings Park on Oct. 14.

- Lee Nohos

Meadowlands: Final Table prevails

The scratch of Thunderello, who would have been the heavy favorite in the $48,500 Comet Stakes at The Meadowlands, left the door open for Final Table to win the 2-year-old race.

Final Table ($7.60) set a sharp pace and hung on to win the six-furlong Comet by a half-length over Boston Common. It was another 6 3/4 lengths back to the favorite, Winning Talk, in third.

- Karen M. Johnson

Louisiana: Norman dominates

Leading trainer Cole Norman picked up his sixth stakes win of the meeting, sending out Tricky Storm ($5.20) to a sharp nine-length win in the $40,000 Minstrel Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Ruling Star, also trained by Norman, finished second. Favored Nuclear Assembly chased Tricky Storm in vain for the first half-mile of the six-furlong race while attempting to get out in the turn then faded down the stretch to finish fourth.

- Jeff Taylor