07/03/2002 11:00PM

Wednesday stakes roundup


Lost at Sea upsets Iowa Oaks

ALTOONA, Iowa - Lost at Sea parlayed a perfect stalking trip under this meet's leading rider Terry Thompson into an upset victory over previously undefeated See How She Runs in the Wednesday evening's $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows.

Thompson settled Lost at Sea ($46) in third along the rail just behind See How She Runs and pacesetting Never Out through a half-mile run in 46.44 seconds. Thompson eased Lost at Sea off the fence approaching the second turn as jockey Don Pettinger moved See How She Runs up to challenge for the lead entering the far turn.

See How She Runs took a narrow advantage approaching the stretch and fought on willingly while maintaining a short lead through most of the stretch run, but Lost at Sea responded to strong right-handed pressure and surged in the final strides to prevail by a head.

Lost at Sea covered the 1 1/16-mile distance in stakes-record time of 1:42.27. See How She Runs was eight lengths clear of third-place finisher Don't Ruffle Me. Charmed Gift, who surprisingly was sent off as the narrow public betting choice at even money (See How She Runs was 6-5), raced within striking range to the second turn but never mounted a bid under jockey Robby Albarado and finished a distant fourth in the six-horse field.

The victory was Lost at Sea's second stakes win and her fourth victory overall from 10 starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The $90,000 winner's share of the Iowa Oaks purse nearly doubled her career earnings to more than $183,000. Lost at Sea is co-owned by Hollendorfer, her breeder John Franks, and Peter Abruzzo.

* Favored Adopted Daughter ($4.60) rallied strongly along the rail to score a 1 1/4-length victory over pacesetter Goldleafed Mirror in Wednesday's co-featured Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old-fillies at five furlongs. Jockey Mark Guidry guided the Ronnie Werner-trained Adopted Daughter to victory. She covered the distance in 57.49 seconds and is now 2 for 2 in her young career for owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey.

- Dave Basler

Premeditation takes Alysheba at Lone Star

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Premeditation rallied up the rail to win the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup before a crowd of 28,123 Wednesday night at Lone Star Park. It was three lengths back in second to 30-1 longshot Padlock, who finished a neck clear of De Real Deal.

Matanzas Creek, the 4-5 favorite, raced wide throughout and finished fourth.

Premeditation ($16.40) raced several lengths behind De Real Deal, who dueled on the lead through an opening six furlongs in 1:09.40. Premeditation slipped through on the rail inside the furlong grounds, and was strong to the wire, covering seven furlongs for 3-year-olds over a track rated good in 1:23.06.

"There was a lot of horse there," said Casey Lambert, who rode Premeditation for trainer Bill Leach.

Premeditation earned $60,000 for the win. He has now won five of 11 career starts and earned $178,983 for owner Bill Clifton Jr.

A fireworks program followed the races Wednesday.

- Mary Rampellini

Krz Ruckus wins at Woodbine

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Krz Ruckus gamely captured the $136,875 Overskate Stakes for the second year running, at Woodbine on Wednesday evening.

Dino Luciani rode Krz Ruckus, who fought off several challenges on the front-end in the seven-furlong dash for Ontario-sired runners. Classic Manner and Devil Valentine pressed Krz Ruckus on the backstretch through a quarter in 22.43 seconds, and Mighty Quinn joined drew alongside him on the turn through a half in 44.69.

Sambuca on Ice made a bid early in the stretch, but Krz Ruckus began to edge away at the eighth pole and got home on top by a length over Mighty Quinn. The final time was 1:23.56.

"It was a great performance," said trainer Mike DePaulo, who trains Krz Ruckus. "He had to carry 124 pounds. The track seemed to be favoring speed, so we thought we'd let him roll [out of the gate]."

Krz Ruckus returned $12.60 as the fifth choice and earned $82,125 for his owners, Ron Guidolin and partners.

Devil Valentine re-rallied to finish 1 1/2 lengths back in third while Runaway Love, the 5-2 favorite, closed wide to end up fourth in the nine-horse field. Indian Dan was scratched.

- Ron Gierkink

Rio's Chase takes Pleasanton feature

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Rio's Chase ($10.20), making his stakes debut, scored a four-length victory in the Pleasanton Stakes in wire-to-wire style at the Alameda County Fair on Wednesday.

Rio's Chase discouraged favored Wild Celebration in the opening half mile and won the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds in 1:14.97. Late-closing Bold Mango finished second.

Rio's Chase, trained by Bill Delia, earned $24,610 to increase his career earnings to $56,010 with three wins and two seconds in nine starts.