11/09/2002 12:00AM

Vibes is unlikely Cilio ace


STICKNEY, Ill. - With at least one horse for each of the six Illinois-bred, $100,000 stakes races Saturday at Hawthorne, trainer Gene Cilio was positioned for a momentous day. But after being disqualified from a win in the first stakes and losing in the next three, Cilio's hopes had grown as wan as the late-afternoon Chicago light.

Cilio's least likely winner of the afternoon was Vibes, who started in the Illini Princess at 26-1. But despite an incredibly erratic stretch run and the presence of Illinois champion Two Item Limit, Vibes emerged with a tenuous half-length win over another longshot, Out of Options. Ellie's Rose was third, a nose in front of Two Item Limit, defeated at 2-5.

Racing in fourth place throughout the race, Two Item Limit came under a drive more than three furlongs from the wire but never made up ground. Her finish triggered big show payoffs, though there was no serious bridge jumping.

Vibes had beaten only statebred allowance horses in her last win, but she had something besides class going for her Saturday. The Hawthorne surface clearly was speed-biased, and Vibes, under Elvis Trujillo, was able to clear the field from post 10 while setting moderate fractions of 24.50 seconds for a half-mile and 48.74 for a quarter. Vibes led by about a length turning for home but began drifting out badly. Out of Options came between horses and challenged on the inside but just failed to catch Vibes at the wire.

Vibes paid $55.60 to win while running 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.60 over a fast track.

Illinois Coronet: Chinkapin takes it

A $35,000 claimer earlier this year, Chinkapin capped off his season with a four-length win in the Illinois Coronet.

Saving ground for most of the race under jockey Rene Douglas, Chinkapin came off the rail on the far turn and ran down Colorful Tour at about the furlong pole to win going away.

Trained for much of the summer by Jerry Hollendorfer, one of the horse's owners, the 6-year-old Chinkapin was turned over to Tom Swearingen for this start, since Hollendorfer has left Chicago. Chinkapin has held top form since midsummer. A powerful miler around one-turn at Arlington, Chinkapin carried that form into the two-turn Illinois Coronet, finishing strongly for Douglas.

Chinkapin paid $9.40 while running 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.85. Colorful Tour held second over Saquache.

Powerless: 'Tejano' keeps winning

Tejano Honey capped a wonderfully successful season with a game win in the six-furlong Powerless.

A 3-year-old facing older horses for the first time since May, Tejano Honey was always prominent under jockey Eddie Razo. She took a clear lead at the stretch call and held off late runs first from Come September and Win Won, whose belated bid got her within three-quarters of a length of Tejano Honey at the finish.

Her determination is nothing new: In 13 starts, Tejano Honey has finished at least third; this was her eighth win and sixth in nine starts this season.

Owned by Kammalot Stable and trained by Tom Dorris, Tejano Honey paid $6.80 to win as the favorite. She was timed in 1:12.11.

Showtime Deb: 'Fantastic' in DQ

Cilio's day got off to a terrible start when 4-5 favorite Invader was disqualified from first to second in the Showtime Deb. Battling with She's Fantastic in the stretch, Invader came out under left-handed whipping, and the Hawthorne stewards reversed the nose decision.

In from Fairmount Park, where she had made all six of her starts for trainer Ron Brandenburg, She's Fantastic rallied from seventh in the early going to challenge for the lead on the far turn.

Ridden by Randy Meier and owned by Brandenburg and Rich Morawski, She's Fantastic paid $44 and was timed in 1:13.27 for six furlongs.

Sun Power: Whatashot catches up

Whatashot caught Bold America in midstretch and drew off to a 4 1/4-length win in the Sun Power for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Hawthorne's speed-biased racing surface played to both colts. Bold America had been fading late in all his recent races, but easily held second over the heavy favorite, Shandy.

"The track just kept getting away from him," said Shandy's rider, Larry Sterling. "The track is favoring speed, but it's the horses that are handling the track that are doing well."

Owned by Lamont Nienast and trained by Percy Scherbenske, Whatashot won his maiden at Arlington by five lengths a month ago. Saturday, he paid $12.60 while running six furlongs in 1:12.05.

Lightning Jet: Speed does it again

In a repeat of nearly every race on the card, speed horses had the best of things in the Lightning Jet, with early leaders Too Many Bucks and Tic N Tin finishing one-two. In the White Oak this past June at Arlington, Tic N Tin beat Too Many Bucks by a nose, but this time it was Too Many Bucks holding on by a half-length.

Too Many Bucks had been 24-1 in the Arlington race, but was only 5-1 in the Lightning Jet because speed and the rail were such a potent combination Saturday. Jockey Rene Douglas made the most of it. Off a beat slow, Too Many Bucks quickly came up the rail to challenge Tic N Tin for the lead, and the pair battled neck and neck through a quarter-mile in 22.13 seconds and a half in 24.54. Classic Appeal ranged up in midstretch, but his rally flattened out and Too Many Bucks stayed strong to the wire.

Owned by Terry Renfrow and Gene Young, and trained by Joel Berndt, Too Many Bucks paid $12.40 while running six furlongs in 1:11.18.