04/06/2007 11:00PM

Smokey Stover dominates Potrero Grande


ARCADIA, Calif. - The Breeders' Cup Sprint is not until late October, but it was firmly on trainer Greg Gilchrist's mind after Smokey Stover extended his winning streak to four in Saturday's Grade 2, $192,000 Potrero Grande BC Handicap at Santa Anita.

"I wish the Breeders' Cup was at Santa Anita this year," Gilchrist said. The Breeders' Cup Sprint will be run at Monmouth Park in October.

The victory earned Smokey Stover a brief holiday, with the rest of his campaign geared toward the BC Sprint, Gilchrist said.

"He's down on weight right now," Gilchrist said. "We'll just back up and let him catch up with himself. We'll map something for the second half of the year. You want to have a fresh horse."

Smokey Stover showed no sign of fatigue in the Potrero Grande.

Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Smokey Stover ($3.40) stalked pacesetter Sailors Sunset to early stretch, took the lead while racing wide, and pulled clear to win by 4 1/2 lengths.

Smokey Stover, 4, ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.83. Greg's Gold, the winner of the Grade 1 Bing Crosby BC Handicap at Del Mar in 2005, finished second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Sailors Sunset in the field of five.

The Potrero Grande was Smokey Stover's second lucrative stakes win of the year at Santa Anita. In January, he won the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint.

Smokey Stover had an ideal trip, racing on the outside of Sailors Sunset through early fractions of 21.83 and 44.38 seconds. Greg's Gold, who bobbled slightly at the start, was in third on the backstretch, racing along the rail. Greg's Gold remained on the inside to the turn when jockey Richard Migliore guided him to the outside of Sailors Sunset. Greg's Gold finished well, but could not catch Smokey Stover.

"He broke a step slow and that compromised him," trainer David Hofmans said of Greg's Gold. "He had to check and wait and wait, and by then Smokey Stover was gone and we couldn't catch him. I think if we hadn't checked we could have come together in the stretch."

Gilchrist said Smokey Stover will make his next start in the Smile Sprint at Calder on July 7. Owned by Harry Aleo, Smokey Stover has won 7 of 11 starts and $459,725.

Providencia: Super Freaky stalks and goes

Super Freaky ($19.80) won her second consecutive stakes, and first around two turns, in Saturday's $112,600 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf.

Super Freaky had an ideal trip under jockey Jon Court. She stalked pacesetter Mystic Soul and Passified, who set fractions of 23.23 and 47.26 seconds. Super Freaky took the lead with a wide move turning for home and held off a determined Passified to win by three-quarters of a length. Gotta Have Her finished third in the field of 11.

Super Freaky ran a mile on turf in 1:35.59. As Super Freaky was brought back to the winner's circle, Court celebrated by enthusiastically waving to the packed stands in the clubhouse.

Super Freaky races for the Venneri Racing and Pablo Suarez. Trained by Doug O'Neill, Super Freaky has won 3 of 8 starts and $202,200. She won the La Habra Stakes on the hillside turf course on March 4, her first stakes win.