07/09/2001 12:00AM

Sunday Stakes roundup (7/8/01)


Riboletta dominates in Vanity

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ronny Werner furthered his growing reputation as a trainer of top 2-year-olds by sending out Lunar Bounty to win the 100th running of the Grade 2 $133,750 Bashford Manor Stakes in stakes-record time on Sunday's closing-day program of the Churchill Downs spring meet.

Lunar Bounty, making his second career start after a winning debut at Arlington Park last month, paid $7 to win as second choice, finishing six furlongs in 1:09.90. Binyamin was second after contesting all the pace, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner and another 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Storm Passage, the 4-5 favorite.

Werner has earned the full attention of Kentucky racing fans. This spring at Keeneland, he went 4 for 5 with 2-year-olds; his only other Keeneland starter was a winning first-timer, Touch Tone, a 3-year-old who last week won the Iowa Derby.

The Bashford Manor was Werner's second stakes win of the Churchill meet from just his second starter, following a dead-heat triumph by City Street in the Three Chimneys Juvenile on Kentucky Derby Day.

Werner, a Texan who switched from Quarter Horses five years ago, currently is based primarily at Arlington. But he has fully enjoyed his experience in Kentucky. "I'm wanting to move here," he said. "It's been a lot of fun."

Lunar Bounty, owned by Werner's main client, Tom Durant, was ridden by Frank Lovato Jr. After battling for the lead with Binyamin and Storm Passage, Lunar Bounty steadily drew clear down the stretch. The winner is a Florida-bred colt by Migrating Moon.

The winning time, posted over a fast track, lowered the 1997 stakes mark, set by Favorite Trick in 1:09.92.

- Marty McGee

Arlington: A sweep for Stall

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Trainer Al Stall swept Arlington Park's weekend stakes when Discreet Hero easily won the $53,750 Alydar Stakes, 24 hours after Bright Valour had won the Hanshin Handicap here.

For 3-year-olds, the Alydar, like the Hanshin, was run at a flat mile, and after stalkiing early pacesetters Sterna and Copper Country, Discreet Hero ($7.20) moved to the lead in midstretch and drew away from Copper Country in the final furlong to win by more than four lengths. With Shane Laviolette up, Discreet Hero was timed in a fine 1:35.95 on a fast track. Copper Country finished second, almost five lengths ahead of Tub Tosser.

Owner B. Wayne Hughes purchased Discreet Hero, an Honour and Glory colt, for $155,000 as a weanling. Discreet Hero won his maiden in his second start last winter at Fair Grounds, then finished fourth in three sprint allowance races before breaking through with a one-mile allowance win at Churchill on June 16. With consecutive impressive wins, Discreet Hero is likely to be pointed to another stakes race.

- Marcus Hersh

Hollywood: Super Tuesday by nose

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Super Tuesday led for one jump of the $100,000 California Sires Stakes at Hollywood Park - the one that crossed under the finish line.

Closing from third at the top of the stretch, Super Tuesday ($4.80) rallied to win by a nose over Dena's Diamond and Ace's Valentine, who dead-heated for second in the field of six 3-year-old fillies. No Equity, the 6-5 favorite, finished fourth.

Super Tuesday ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:42.74. The California Sires Stakes was her first stakes win for owners Harris Farms and Sheila Williams. Previously, she was stakes-placed twice in northern California.

Ridden by Alex Solis, Super Tuesday was in mid-pack early, trailing pacesetter Ace's Valentine. Super Tuesday was ideally placed on the final turn but lost ground in early stretch before launching a winning rally.

"She's one that gives 110 percent," trainer Dean Pederson said. "Whatever she lacks in talent, she makes up for it in desire."

It took 17 minutes for officials to sort through the photo finish.

"We watched it four times and it was like she did and then she didn't," Pederson said. "But luckily she got the nod."

- Steve Andersen

Delaware: Sumitas takes to dirt

In his first 18 starts, Sumitas had been strictly a turf horse. When the $150,000 Caesar Rodney Handicap was moved to Delaware Park's main track, five of the nine horses scheduled to run were scratched, but Sumitas remained.

Making just his second start in the United States since arriving in Bobby Frankel's barn from Europe, Sumitas, under mild encouragement from jockey Kent Desormeaux, won by two lengths for his first victory in two years.

A 5-year-old German-bred horse, Sumitas ($5.40) covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.82 over a fast track.

In his only previous North American race, Sumitas finished a close fourth behind Forbidden Apple and King Cugat in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap on turf.

"Bobby [Frankel] said he had been working brilliantly on the dirt," said the California-based Desormeaux. "So, he had no reservations about running him on the dirt. Sumitas was perfectly keen and on the bridle tugging just enough to let me know that whenever I was ready, he would respond."

- Joe DeVivo

Monmouth: Rudirudy handles mud

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Rudirudy raced wire to wire to win the $50,000 John McSorley at Monmouth Park. Scheduled for the turf, the five-furlong race was moved to a muddy main track, and several scratches resulted in a field of five.

Rudirudy ($8.20), trained and owned by Gaston Sandoval, covered the distance in 56.54 seconds with Eibar Coa aboard. Special Occasion, a turf sprint specialist who was running on his first off track, finished 3 1/2 lengths back in second. Riot, the 7-5 favorite, was third.

The win was Rudirudy's second in a sprint that was taken off the turf. He captured the Wolf Hill here June 2. It was also the fourth straight time that a race in which Rudirudy has run was taken off the turf.

"Every time I run him, we catch a sloppy track," Sandoval said. "I would have preferred to scratch him, and when I came to the track this morning, that's what I planned to do. But when I saw there were so many scratches I decided to run."

- Ryan Goldberg

Woodbine: First-timer survives inquiry

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - First-time starter Ginger Gold led most of the way for a controversial two-length score in the $146,745 Shady Well Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

Ginger Gold ($10.10), ridden by Richard Dos Ramos, bore out right after the break and bumped Irish Line, and then battled with Matter of Law on the front end through the far turn. She established a clear lead at the eighth pole, and coasted home on top over a closing Western Resolve, another first-timer.

Irish Line was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third, while favored La Loche ended up fifth in the seven-horse field of Canadian-breds.

The stewards put up the inquiry sign after the race, but didn't change the order of finish after taking a long look at the start.

- Ron Gierkink

Louisiana: Longest shot wins

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Fun to Run, at 11-1 the longest shot in the field of five older sprinters, got clear under Otto Thorwarth soon after the start and led all the way to win the $40,000 King Court Stakes at Louisiana Downss.

Favored Overdone chased the winner throughout and finished second, followed by Itsacryingshame.

Trained by his owner, Carlis Pixley, Fun to Run ($24) picked up his second stakes win this year and won for the 14th time in 81 career races. An 8-year-old Ontario-bred, Fun to Run covered six furlongs in 1:09.80 and has now earned over $410,000.

- Jeff Taylor