12/30/2006 12:00AM

Take D' Tour routs six subordinates


MIAMI - Take D' Tour asserted her class superiority over six overmatched rivals, cruising to a 14-length victory in Saturday's Grade 3 Stage Door Betty Handicap at Calder.

The Stage Door Betty was one of four $100,000 stakes on Saturday's Grand Slam III program.

Take D' Tour, a Grade 1 and Grade 2 winner earlier this year, took command from between horses entering the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile Stage Door Betty and was never seriously threatened after setting comfortable early fractions of 24.06 seconds and 47.55 under jockey Eibar Coa. The only battle was for second, with Tiger Belle rallying through a narrow opening along the rail to outfinish Running Lass by a head.

Take D' Tour covered the distance in 1:45.38 over the fast track and paid $3.80.

"I told Eibar he probably won't have her off the lead today," said David Fawkes who trains Take D' Tour for owner Alice Muller. "I could tell just by the way she was feeling in the paddock."

Fawkes said the Sunshine Millions Distaff at Santa Anita on Jan. 27 would likely be next for Take D' Tour.

Chaposa Spring: Annabill scores mild upset

Annabill stepped out of the local allowance ranks to score a mild upset in the seven-furlong Chaposa Springs Handicap for fillies and mares, outgaming New York invader Grecian Lover by a neck under jockey John Velazquez.

Annabill, claimed for $25,000 by trainer Milt Wolfson for the N.T.S. Stable in mid-August, forced the pace from the outset of the Chaposa Springs, edged clear in early stretch, then held resolutely to a short lead, turning back a final surge by Grecian Lover under Cornelio Velasquez. Toll Taker, the 8-5 co-favorite along with Grecian Lover, lagged well off the pace and never menaced the top pair, finishing another 2 1/4 lengths back in third. Annabill, a 3-year-old daughter of Outflanker, ran the seven furlongs in 1:24.68 and returned $6.60 for her third straight win.

Axthelm: Can't Beat It loops field

Can't Beat It launched a sensational outside run and was going away at the finish in winning the $100,000 Pete Axthelm as the favorite.

With Eddie Castro riding for trainer Marty Wolfson, Can't Beat It had just one of his 10 rivals beaten when the field sped into the far turn of the 7 1/2-furlong race. But it wasn't long before Can't Beat It began eating up ground while looping the field, and by the furlong pole he was ready to draw abreast of a trio of front-runners.

Can't Beat It finished two lengths ahead of Fancy Silver, a 30-1 shot, and returned $6 to win. El Lobo, the 53-1 longest shot in the field, was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third. The time was 1:29.08 over a turf course rated good.

The Live Oak Plantation of Charlotte Weber bred and owns of Can't Beat It, a Kentucky-bred by Atticus. The colt has now won 5 of 15 starts and earned $267,960.

While the the Axthelm is restricted to 3-year-olds, Can't Beat It will run against older horses in his next race, which likely will come in the Feb. 3 Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park, said Wolfson.

Genter: Bayou's Lassie hangs on

Bayou's Lassie, the local standout, drew clear on the backstretch, then was all out to hold off a torrid inside run from the favored invader J'ray and win the Grade 3, $100,000 Frances A. Genter for 3-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Elvis Trujillo and trained by Stanley Gold, Bayou's Lassie took over from longshot Prospect of Love down the backstretch, then was kept to steady pressure in prevailing by a head over J'ray, who was 9-5 choice under John Velazquez. Amansara, the 7-2 third choice, finished another length back in third.

Bayou's Lassie, the second choice in a field of 11, returned $8 after running the 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:29.37. The victory was the sixth in eight lifetime starts - all at Calder - for Bayou's Lassie, a Florida-bred by Outflanker. Jacks or Better Farm is her breeder and owner.

For Gold, formerly a longtime assistant to Jim Hatchett, the graded victory was his first since he assumed training duties for Jacks or Better following Hatchett's retirement. Gold said the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf on Jan. 27 at Gulfstream is likely the next start for Bayou's Lassie.

– additional reporting by Marty McGee