STICKNEY/CICERO-- Rider turned trainer Carlos Silva brought out three juveniles for today's Illinois-bred two-year-old stakes action at Hawthorne Race Course. Each of the three earned top-two finishes, with Silva's two-year-old colts LASSELL and SMOKIN GLOCK completing the exacta in the Sun Power Stakes. The third of them, INDYGOKISS, was second and half of a dead heat in the Showtime Deb earlier on the card.
The first of the two stakes on the card was the $125,000 Showtime Deb Stakes restricted to juvenile fillies. There, JULMAE came on the outside to take the stakes by a half-length under Rosemary Homeister, Jr. She went off at 6-1 odds and paid $15.20 to win.
JULMAE (with green cap) with a moderate upset in the Showtime Deb Stakes.
From the bell, LILUCK broke on top and built up a quick three and half-length length lead as he carved out first opening splits of :21.69 and :45.63 for the quarter and half. On the turn, LILUCK yielded to presser MAGDALENKA. MAGDALENKA took a brief lead into the far turn. Making a sustained run on the outside, JULMAE closed on the outside. She was in tight quarters in the final sixteenth, but still pulled out the victory by a half length.
Rosemary Homeister, Jr. rode the two-year-old Proud Citizen filly for conditioner John Wainwright. She covered six furlongs in 1:12.98 on a "muddy" dirt track that was sealed before the day's races and drying out throughout the course of the card.
Homeister after the race complemented trainer Wainwright as "he had [JULMAE] conditioned so right. He put the race into my hands." When asked about the bumping in the stretch, Homeister also commented to "Picks and Ponderings" that "she's so aggressive and when in tight, I just kept her on a straight course."
MAGDALENKA and INDYGO KISS both dead-heated for second. 7-5 favorite FIFTH OF APRIL was fourth. The dead heat for second resulted in multiple exacta, trifecta, and superfecta payouts based on a 6-3-5-4 finish. The $2 6-3 exacta paid $70.00 whereas the $2 6-5 exacta paid $17.20 The fifty- cent 6-3-5 trifecta returned $62.45 while the fifty-cent 6-5-3 trifecta returned $44.40. Dime 6-3-5-4superfectas were rewarded $17.63 to correct backers and 6-5-3-4 superfectas rewarded $16.52.
About ninety minutes later, trainer Carlos Silva avenged his earlier defeat with a sweep of the top two positions in the $125,000 Sun Power Stakes, the restricted-to-males complement of the Showtime Deb.
Fairmount Park stakes winner DELSTAR broke on top in the six-furlong dash for juvenile males, carving out a :22.03 opening quarter. Quincy Hamilton put LASSELL on the outside of DELSTAR, and LASSELL was on the lead by the turn. The challengers weren't able to make up ground, and LASSELL was able to keep the half length advantage intact for most of the stretch run. The final margin was three-quarters of a length and the final time was 1:11.88 on a main track listed as "muddy", sealed, and drying-out dirt.
LASSELL wins the Sun Power Stakes.
LASSELL, by Star Dabbler, went off at just under 5-1 odds and rewarded his backers with $11.80 win payouts. Quincy Hamilton and Carlos Silva were the winning jockey/trainer combination.
Silva after the race wasn't concerned about the rain and mud and was satisified with the October 27 prep he gave his pair. Silva mentioned the December 8 Edgar Futurity for Illinois-breds around two turns in December as a logical spot for his top two.
The other half of the Silva pair, SMOKIN GLOCK was second. He was ridden by Francisco Torres, who is heading to Gulfstream Park in south Florida for their winter meet. 2-1 favorite EMILE was third and TALL GRASS CAT was fourth. After the Sun Power, trainer Chris Block said that TALL GRASS CAT was a "two-turn horse in a one-turn race", and was looking to disregard today's effort as such.
The $2 all Silva 2-5 exacta of LASSELL and SMOKIN GLOCK paid $30.80. The fifty-cent 2-5-8 trifecta of LASSELL, SMOKIN GLOCK, and EMILE returned $19.60. Dime superfectas with TALL GRASS CAT netted $13.65.
Both photos courtesy of Four Footed Fotos. Special thanks to Asst. GM Jim Miller for considerations.