04/11/2002 12:00AM

Tates Creek gets up


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tates Creek, shipping in from California for trainer Bobby Frankel, overcame traffic to shake clear in early stretch and wear down favored Snow Dance in the $113,600 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland Thursday.

Kent Desormeaux rode Tates Creek, a homebred Juddmonte Farms filly, who returned $6.20 to win after finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.27 over firm turf. Snow Dance, the 17-10 favorite in a field of 10 fillies and mares, finished second by a head under Pat Day.

Tates Creek was bottled behind the front-runners for most of the way before finally getting a clear run with just over a furlong to run.

"It got a little hectic there for a while," said Desormeaux. "She was all dressed up with nowhere to go, but I finally got her out of there, and she did the rest. I'd rather be lucky than good. Just let me hit the ball."

Tates Creek now has won four of six starts. She is a 4-year-old filly by Rahy.

Snow Dance finished 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Step With Style, who got third by a head over Megans Bluff.

Two races earlier, Frankel and Desormeaux teamed to win a $65,000 turf allowance with Beefeater Baby ($5.60). Desormeaux also won the ninth race with Sharbayan ($5.20) for trainer Wally Dollase.

The Thursday card also included a shocking victory by Camara Cat ($185.60) in the fifth race, a $54,000 allowance sprint.