09/09/2001 11:00PM

Sunday Stakes roundup (9/9/01)


Fairplex: Cee Dreams upsets Feverish

POMONA, Calif. - The $49,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes was bet like it was a one-horse race at Fairplex Park on the opening weekend of the Los Angeles County Fair meet. Feverish started at 3-5 in the 1 1/16-mile race (1:44.34) for fillies and mares, but it was a surprising Cee Dreams ($10.40) who rolled by 6 1/2 lengths while Feverish struggled in second. Cee's Elegance finished a length back in third.

The race foiled Feverish's attempt at a third straight win in the E.B. Johnston, while confirming Cee Dreams's affinity for the five-eighth-mile bullring. Cee Dreams, a 5-year-old mare by Cee's Tizzy, won for the fourth time in five starts at Fairplex in her first stakes win. Omar Berrio rode the winner for trainer Pete Eurton. Iggy Puglisi originally was named to ride, but he was still sore from a spill Saturday and rode only one race Sunday. Cee Dreams has won 10 of 37, and is expected to return Sept. 21 at Fairplex in the $100,000 Las Madrinas Handicap.

- Brad Free

Emerald Downs: Jumron Won, yes he did

Jumron Won, under Ben Russell, made a late-running drive to win the $125,000 Emerald Breeders' Cup Derby.

Jumron Won, winner of seven Emerald Downs stakes races and Horse of the Year there in 2000, returned $11.20 for his victory.

Jumron Won relaxed in fifth position in the field of eight until the final turn. Coming into the lane five-wide, he finished strongly, catching I'm Free in the final strides by a half-length.

"I have to give all the credit to Ben," said winning trainer Bud Klokstad, for whom the race was a track record 28th stakes victory. "In the paddock I told him to wait and see how fast they were going and that this horse will give you one good quarter-mile move no more. He just had to decide when to use that move."

Poker Brad made a bold bid nearing the eighth pole, but was unable to sustain the drive and finished third.

Louisiana Downs: Dancing Dreams wins again

Heavily favored Dancing Dreams won for the fourth time in a row for trainer Cole Norman, holding off a late charge from another Norman charge, Queen of the Isle, to win the $40,000 Delta Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Dancing Dreams quickly made the early advantage with Anthony Lovato riding and was in front by 3 1/2 lengths with a furlong to run, with enough of a cushion to prevail by a length. East Coast Soldier turned in a mild rally to finish third, fourth lengths behind Queen of the Isle.

Dancing Dreams covered the six furlongs 1:12.49 over a sloppy racetrack and paid $2.80. The Norman- Norman exacta returned $5.80.

- Jeff Taylor

Hastings Park: Long Rifle takes Diamond

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Jockey Jake Barton was all smiles at Hastings Park after winning the $104,869 Jack Diamond Futurity aboard David Forster-trained Long Rifle by a half-length over Commodore Craig. Barton was named on Long Rifle in the Futurity when leading rider David Wilson opted to ride 3-5 favorite No Time Flat, who finished a disappointing sixth.

Long Rifle ($11.10) covered 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track.in 1:18.78.

- Randy Goulding

Columbus: Different tactics win NBS divisions

Columbus, Neb. - Bengal Gal and Dazzling J. R. took different routes in overcoming a slow, deep track to win their respective divisions of the Nebraska Breeders' Sweepstakes.

Bengal Gal captured the $14,250 NBS Debutante by leading gate to wire for a 5 3/4-length victory. The tiring track was taking its toll by the end of the six furlongs.

Trained by Marv Johnson, Bengal Gal returned $4.40 as the slight favorite in a field of five, finishing in 1:22.20 on a slow track.

Dazzling J. R., under Alex Birzer, stayed off the pace in the NBS Juvenile and rallied up the rail through the lane to run down a staggering favorite, C. C. Diamond, in the late stages and post a 1 1/4-length win. Dazzling J. R. returned $22.20, getting the six furlongs in 1:19.00 for trainer David Anderson.

- Bill Hodtwalker