Updated on 09/17/2011 10:44PM

Wiggins star of statebred day

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Wiggins wins the High Alexander Handicap on Saturday by 4 3/4 lengths at Hawthorne Race Course.

STICKNEY, Ill. - Wiggins no longer trains in Illinois, but he remains a force in Illinois-bred stakes racing. Shipped to Chicago from Kentucky by trainer Dale Romans, Wiggins won the on Saturday for the second time in three years, beating favored High Expectations by 4 3/4 lengths on a dark, rainy Saturday afternoon at Hawthorne Race Course.

The High Alexander was one of six Illinois-bred stakes here Saturday, and Wiggins typifies the best of the breed. By the recently deceased Illinois sire Cartwright, Wiggins has been a Chicago stakes horse for four seasons now. His two most recent races were duds, but Romans said he believed Wiggins had excuses for both of them. And the horse proved him right.

Three wide on the first turn under jockey Chris Emigh, Wiggins ($8.20) strode out nicely while moving into contention on the backstretch as Beabasque ran off to a big lead, opening up more than four lengths after a half-mile in a quick 47.52 seconds. Wiggins moved up easily on the far turn, took command at the eighth pole, and was by himself under the wire, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.96. Favored High Expectations barely held second over a stubborn Beabasque, and well-backed Home of Stars finished sixth.

Wiggins, purchased privately at 2 by owners W. Pacella, J. Rizza, and R. Schwed, won for the 12th time in 26 starts, and the winner's share of the $104,950 purse boosted his career earnings to more than $617,000.

Sun Power: Last Gran Standing game

Two steps out of the gate Last Gran Standing tore off his shoe and a chunk of his hoof - and still he won the $92,975 by 3 1/2 lengths, winning for the third time in as many starts.

"Yesterday, I ran a horse and lost a shoe, and she finished dead last," said trainer Brian Williamson. "This horse is all heart."

When a horse grabs a quarter like Last Gran Standing did, he often goes to his knees: Last Gran Standing went to the lead. Breaking from the rail, he raced inside Wyoming Frank through an opening quarter in a wind-aided 21.73 seconds, with jockey Chris Emigh waiting for the stretch run to move.

"I used just enough to stay in there," Emigh said.

Last Gran Standing took over in midstretch and never was threatened, with Silver Titan a distant second and Cartlets third. Owned by the Russell Reineman Stable, Last Gran Standing paid $3.40 to win and was timed in 1:12.06.

Illini Princess: Meadow Bride by head

If the Illini Princess Handicap had been Friday at Hawthorne there would have been no catching Jaguar City, but the inside-speed bias that prevailed then vanished Saturday, and Meadow Bride ran down Jaguar City with a sustained stretch run, winning by a head over the heavy favorite.

Meadow Bride was a sharp allowance-race winner here Oct. 10, but Jaguar City was the lone speed in the $84,450 Illini Princess, a 1 1/16-mile race that went with just five starters. Jaguar City made an easy lead, setting fractions of 24.75 seconds for a quarter-mile and 48.63 for a half, but Meadow Bride, who was getting eight pounds from the winner, started rolling on the far turn, collared the leader at the top of the stretch, and edged clear in the final furlong.

Trained by Richard Hazelton for the Asiel Stable and ridden by Carlos Silva, Meadow Bride was timed in 1:45.02 and paid $6 as the second choice. Ms. Lydonia was third.

Showtime Deb: 'Rich' fights for win

Three weeks ago, Rich Fantasy won her maiden in a laugher, scoring by more than 20 lengths. The Showtime Deb Stakes required harder work, but Rich Fantasy dug down and got the job done, outgaming Lovely Love for a half-length win in the $92,300 Showtime Deb.

After losing her debut in an open maiden race at Churchill, Rich Fantasy ($4.20) now has won two in a row. But she is far from the most accomplished Illinois-bred 2-year-old filly this year. That honor goes to Original Spin, who finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and is done for this season.

Still, Rich Fantasy, owned by Oxbow Racing and trained in Kentucky by Ronny Werner, is a pretty nice horse. Her six-furlong time of 1:12.02 was faster than Last Gran Standing's clocking in the 2-year-old male race, and she showed grit rallying from third under Eddie Razo. Lovely Love finished two lengths in front of Unreal Rocket, who edged second choice Lampoon for the show.

Lightning Jet: Knowwhatimean rallies

Jockey Seth Martinez was hanging on to the side of the gate for balance when the doors sprung in the $114,050 Lightning Jet Handicap, and his mount, Knowwhatimean, broke dead last and trailed the field into the stretch. But Knowwhatimean rallied furiously in the final quarter-mile, weaving in and out of horses, eventually ending up along the rail and a half-length ahead of a game Silver Bid at the finish. Front-running Out for a Spin was third, and favored Humor at Last finished off the board.

Knowwhatimean, a 4-year-old based at Fairmount Park with trainer Michael Nance and owned by My Stables Inc., won his first stakes race. He paid $26.80 to win and was timed in 1:11.39 for six furlongs.

Powerless: Denoun N Deverb hangs on

Denoun N Deverb had easily won her last two starts, at Fairmount Park and, most recently, The Woodlands in Kansas, and she jumped up in class and took the $100,025 Powerless Stakes by a nose over the hard-charging Dharma Girl. Lady Riss finished third, and heavily favored Bluesbdancing faded off the pace and finished fifth. Denoun N Deverb paid $11.40 to win.