04/10/2009 11:00PM

Terrel Gore's patience rewarded with stakes win

Email

STICKNEY, Ill. - In vain, trainer Terrel Gore waited all fall and part of this spring to run Shadowbdancing in a two-turn dirt race at Hawthorne. Finally, the opportunity presented itself Saturday in the $52,500 Bonasera Stakes, and Shadowbdancing made the most of it, leading from start to finish under veteran reinsman Randy Meier to post a comfortable 1 3/4-length victory.

Alcomo, a Brazilian-bred 6-year-old making his first start in North America, made a sustained rally for second, beating out odds-on favorite Hurta, who finally came back to earth after four straight blowout wins here.

Shadowbdancing's task was made much easier when his main pace rival, It's Never to Late, reared at the start, losing all chance and leaving Shadowbdancing to control the pace. Still, the 4-year-old Montbrook colt earned his victory, going through the half-mile split in a quick 47.89 seconds. Hurta tried to make a run at him turning into the stretch, but Shadowbdancing had plenty left and fairly easily fended off the favorite's move.

Shadowbdancing won two stakes races last summer at Prairie Meadows with richer purses than the Bonasera's, which made his $19.20 win price fairly preposterous in a field reduced to five betting interests with the scratch of Brothers Nicholas. Shadowbdancing, owned by RNB Racing LLC, was timed in 1:44.24 for 1 1/16 miles.

Santa Teresita back to dirt in Sixty Sails

Surprise! Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap, the last of two graded stakes here this spring, is expected to attract a Grade 1 winner. Santa Teresita, who won the Grade 1 Santa Maria on Feb. 14 at Santa Anita (lots of Santas involved, for sure) will ship here Tuesday and reign as the starting highweight in the Sixty Sails, a nine-furlong dirt race, Hawthorne stakes coordinator Debbie Lindsay said Saturday.

But there is a catch. While Santa Teresita is a multiple stakes winner and has faced top-notch competition like Zenyatta and Hystericalady while campaigning mainly on the West Coast, she has made all but one of her 14 career starts on turf or synthetic surfaces. Moreover, the lone dirt try - last summer in the Delaware Handicap - produced a seventh-place finish, with Santa Teresita defeated by more than 26 lengths. She did have trouble in the Delaware Handicap, but the jury remains out on whether Santa Teresita, trained by Eric Guillot for Southern Equine Stable, can race as effectively on traditional dirt.

Three others seemed like solid Sixty Sails starters as of Saturday: Swift Temper, Kathleens Reel, and Quick Notice. A couple more entries could crop up Monday.

Torres to ride a pair on Monday

Chicagoan Cisco Torres has been named on two horses here Monday. Torres rode this past week at Evangeline Downs after wintering - for the most part - at Fair Grounds. Torres was in fact leading the Fair Grounds jockey standings early in the meet when he was injured in a training mishap that cost him much of the season there. Torres made his comeback in March and said at the time that he intended to summer at Presque Isle Downs.

* Inez Karlsson paid a $1,500 fine rather than take a three-day suspension, a penalty assessed by Hawthorne stewards, who disqualified Karlsson's mount, Bud's Lady, from first to second in the third race here April 6.