05/27/2001 11:00PM

Sunday Stakes recaps (5/27/01)


Caller One makes winning look easy in Los Angeles

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Two months after he won the world's richest sprint - the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai, Caller One took quite a pay cut when he won the $107,300 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park on Sunday.

But his victory against five others emphasized his status as a leading contender for Kona Gold's title of champion sprinter.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani for trainer James Chapman, Caller One ($3.20) had a perfect trip in the six-furlong stakes. Breaking from the rail, Caller One tracked pacesetter Freespool through an opening quarter mile of 21.52 seconds. Entering the turn, Nakatani urged Caller One to the lead and took over before the quarter pole.

Caller One was never threatened. Nakatani peeked over his shoulder entering the stretch, but found no challengers.

"The good ones make it easy," Nakatani said. "I know how quick he is, how fast he is, and my key to riding this horse is just to get him to relax wherever he is comfortable.

"I let my horse eyeball the other one at about the four and a half [furlong pole]. After that, he made it easy and a lot of fun for me. He's just getting better all the time."

Caller One was timed in 1:08.35 and finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Stormy Jack.

Caller One has won 9 of 14 starts and $1,812,500 for Theresa McArthur and Carolyn Chapman, the trainer's mother.

- Steve Andersen

Belmont: Affirmed Success sharp

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Richard Schosberg got his wish when the $100,000 Jaipur Handicap was moved from the turf to the main track, and Affirmed Success got his season off to a winning start by wearing down Texas Glitter to take the seven-furlong race by one length.

It was 16 3/4 lengths back to Bought in Dixie, the only other horse to run after seven horses scratched when the race was moved to a muddy main track after weeklong rains made the turf course too soft to use.

Schosberg was leery of running the 7-year-old Affirmed Success over soft turf in his first start in six months. He went so far as to enter Affirmed Success as a main-track only starter in Monday's Red Bank Handicap at Monmouth Park in case the Jaipur stayed on the turf. It cost owner Al Fried $1,000.

Jerry Bailey positioned Affirmed Success ($3.30) just off Texas Glitter's flank leaving the half-mile pole. Texas Glitter floated Affirmed Success wide turning for home, but with eight cracks of Bailey's right-handed whip, Affirmed Success persevered to get his 12th win from 28 starts. He covered the seven furlongs in 1:21.69.

"It was harder than you think,"' Bailey said. "I know Texas Glitter is a five-eighths horse but he has a lot of fight in him and likes the mud. This was a good return effort from Affirmed Success. He's a warrior."

Schosberg plans to return Affirmed Success to the turf in the $100,000 Poker Handicap on July 4.

- David Grening

Monmouth: Filly beats colts

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Mark Hennig shipped the filly Hemline to Monmouth Park for the opening-day feature, the Politely Stakes, only to settle for second place. In the $100,000 Jersey Derby, however, Hennig made his day at the shore a successful one, as his 3-year-old filly Mystic Lady ($5) raced wire-to-wire for a neck victory over Sir Brian's Sword.

The Jersey Derby was slated for the grass as a Grade 3 but was moved to the main track along with the day's other grass races.

Mystic Lady, the only filly in the race, completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.20 in her first race against colts.

"We were happy when this race came off the turf," said Hennig's assistant, Ellee Diamond. "It was the only way we were going to run."

According to Diamond, Mystic Lady will probably run at Belmont next, but a return trip here for the Breeders' Cup Monmouth Oaks is possible.

* Zonk ($4.40), trained by John C. Servis, overwhelmed a five-horse field in the $50,000 Revidere Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

- Ryan Goldberg

Bay Meadows: Noses apart

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Channing Way remained undefeated on fast tracks as she outdueled Exquisite Woman by a nose to win the $60,400 Miss California at Bay Meadows.

With regular rider Chance Rollins aboard, Channing Way ($7.20) went up to engage Exquisite Woman shortly after the start, and those two raced as a virtual team the rest of the way through fractions of 22.35 and 44.79 seconds. Exquisite Woman, the 8-5 favorite who was ridden by Russell Baze, stuck her head in front near midstretch, but Channing Way came back, stuck her nose in front, and just kept it there through the final 100 yards, covering six furlongs in 1:09.21.

"She's an awesome filly," Rollins said. "She just refuses to quit."

Baze said "I had enough horse to beat her, but the other horse wanted it more. That was a tough one to lose."

For Channing Way, who won four of her five starts by daylight margins in Arizona (losing only on an off track), it was her second straight nose victory. She had previously won the Melair at Hollywood Park.

- Dale Omenson

Hawthorne: Alybegood handles mud

STICKNEY, Ill. - Hawthorne's decision to move the Indian Maid Stakes from turf to dirt resulted in seven scratches, but it suited Alybegood. Alybegood, a shipper from Kentucky, stayed in the Indian Maid despite the surface change and took the field gate to wire, winning by three lengths over Adam's Time, the narrow favorite.

The $59,700 Indian Maid was the first career stakes win for Alybegood, owned by Joe Lacombe and trained by Mary Jo Lohmeier her. Apprentice jockey Zoe Cadman, the leading rider here, won the second stakes of her career.

Alybegood ($5.60) ran 1 1/16 miles on a muddy main track in 1:44.94.

- Marcus Hersh

Pimlico: History repeats itself

Saluteloot made a strong case for deja vu, winning the $50,000 April Run Stakes at Pimlico under identical conditions as the year before.

A year and a day after the April Run, a 1 1/2-mile race for fillies and mares, was taken off the turf and contested over 1 1/4 miles in the slop, the same thing happened again. Saluteloot ($7.40) nipped Polly Jo by a nose, finishing in 2:06.40.

In between the two victories, the 6-year-old Saluteloot, owned by Phyllis Dixon and trained by Tim Ritchey, had lost nine times.

Saluteloot is only 7 for 43 lifetime, but five of her wins have come on wet tracks.

- Washington Post

Europe: Big weekend for O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien completed a memorable double as Imagine landed the Irish 1000 Guineas a day after Black Minnaloushe had led an O'Brien sweep of the first three places in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

Meanwhile, Fantastic Light added to the weekend's dramatics at the Curragh when he defeated Golden Snake and Kalanisi in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

The powerful O'Brien stable had been off to a slow start this year, due largely to the inclement weather which had disrupted the training schedules of so many Irish yards. In Imagine, he now has himself the favorite for the English Oaks.

In winning the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, Fantastic Light spoiled the seasonal debut of American turf champion Kalanisi as well as making up for his narrow defeat to Stay Gold in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Fantastic Light will now be aimed at Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales's Stakes, a race won last year by his former Godolphin stablemate, Dubai Millennium.

Elsewhere, British invader Morshdi took the Group 1 Derby Italiano in Rome by 2 -3/4 lengths from Falbrav. In Tokyo, Kent Desormeaux finished fourth aboard Born King in the Japanese Derby, which went to the Tony Bin colt Jungle Pocket.

- Alan Shuback