STICKNEY/CICERO - - Two stakes for Illinois-bred two-year-olds were contested on Saturday on a breezy but fair-skied November afternoon at Hawthorne Race Course. Both stakes a carried a purse of $100,000 and were contested at six furlongs on the dirt.
Sun Power Stakes: Rambling Richie From Start to Finish
The first of the two stakes was the Sun Power Stakes, restricted to frosh males. Early wagering had outsider EASY SOLUTION taking the money and sent off as the co-favorite among a field of five. Favortism at the final bell would fall to rail-drawn SOLAR FLAIR.
The break of the race proved most pivotal, as RAMBLING RICHIE got a clean break and shot to the lead, setting off to a short lead that would widen to a length and a quarter when clocked in :21.90 for the first quarter. RAMBLING RICHIE would stay in front with EASY SOLUTION in close attendance during the run down the backstretch. The half-mile was clocked in :46.13. Turning for home, RAMBLING RICHIE still had the lead and had enough to repel the challenge from SOLAR FLAIR, who closed up the rail. The final margin on the line was two and a half lengths, with RAMBLING RICHIE dictating the terms from gate to wire.
SOLAR FLAIR, the 8/5 favorite, ended up second with his rail run, two lengths in front of 9/5 second choice EASY SOLUTION. Longshot HAYQ's FABLE rounded out the superfecta and BAD BOY PETER would report home fifth and last.
RAMBLING RICHIE, a two-year-old Illinois-bred son of Lifestyle, returned $6.80 to win for his gate-to-wire triumph. E.T. Baird was aboard for conditioner, part-owner, and part-breeder Larry Rivelli. He was the 5/2 third choice in the wagering. RAMBLING RICHIE stopped the clock for six furlongs in 1:11.04 on a fast dirt track.
Winning rider E. T. Baird post-race mentioned a plan to "come out of the gate" and break well in the quintet. That plan - go the lead - was echoed by winning trainer Larry Rivelli, who took pleasure in the victory for ownership eager for a Hawthorne stakes victory. Doubling the pleasure, according to Rivelli, was that RAMBLING RICHIE was a homebred by him and part-owner Richard Ravin.
Trainer Larry Rivelli was hesitant post-race on plans for Sun Power winner RAMBLING RICHIE. "He's bred to sprint, and we've got two others in the barn for the [December 14] Edgar [Illinois Futurity]", a two-turn juvenile race later in the meet that would seem a logical next outing. Citing the hestitation, he didn't disclose a definitive next outing.
The $2 3-1 exacta of RAMBLING RICHIE and SOLAR FLAIR returned $10.20. The fifty-cent 3-1-4 trifecta of RAMBLING RICHIE, SOLAR FLAIR, and EASY SOLUTION netted $10.40 Dime superfectas with longshot #5 HAYQ'S FABLE paid $8.04.
Showtime Deb Stakes: Sasy Ms Elizabeth Doesn't Disappoint
"Ride 'em like you own 'em."
It was a simple instruction to rider Emmanuel Cosme from trainer Leroy Hellman on SASY MS ELIZABETH, who brought the Fairmount Park stakes winner into the Showtime Deb, the female complement of the Sun Power and the second stakes on the afternoon. Early wagering made the stakes winner the strong favorite from opening bell to gate springing, the final price even money.
In the bulky field of twelve, both ALITTLEBITOFCANDY, PRAIRIE VISTA, and CHURCH ROAD all broke awkwardly at the start. Back at the front of the pack, it was RICHIES SWEETHEART on the engine, with the Baird/Rivelli team that won the Sun Power earlier in the card seeking an all-stakes double. They would dictate the early terms through an opening quarter of :21.82 and an opening half mile of :45.41. GABIO was close to the early pace as well as RICHIES SWEETHEART and COW CATCHER.
Turning for home, SASY MS ELIZABETH started her rally and by the stretch call, had a short lead that she would build to two lengths under the wire, taking over from RICHIES SWEETHEART. Both SASY MS ELIZABETH and RICHIES SWEETHEART were close to the front on a track that may have favorably aided forward types in one-turn races. COW CATCHER reported home, 5 1/2 lengths behind the top two a neck better than BELLARADA.
SASY MS ELIZABETH, a two-year-old Illinois-bred filly by Giacomo, returned $4.00 to win for her score. Emmanuel Cosme was aboard for trainer and part-owner Leroy Hellman. The pair both won two races on the day, with Cosme's score back-to-back in the sixth and seventh, the latter being the stakes victory.
Winning rider Emmanuel Cosme felt "she [SASY MS ELIZABETH] was ready when I got to the eighth pole." She stopped the clock in 1:12.00 for the six furlongs on a fast dirt track.
Winning trainer Leroy Hellman, along with his aforementioned instructions, intended to rest SASY MS ELIZABETH after winning the All Sold Out Stakes at Fairmount. But with her win in the Showtime Deb, trainer Hellman is thinking big.
"She hasn't had any breaks in her training. She can run long. She's a really nice one."
The juvenile filly is nominated to a pair of two-turn late-fall races: the G3 $500,000 Delta Princess on November 23rd and the $100,000 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutanate for state-breds on December 7th. Hellman, leaning to the graded stakes in Louisiana as a first plan, indicates he'll run his stakes winner in either race, not both.
The $2 2-3 exacta of SASY MS ELIZABETH and RICHIES SWEETHEART paid $20.60. The 2-3-4 fifty-cent trifecta of SASY MS ELIZABETH, RICHIES SWEETHEART, and COW CATCHER returned $27.45. Dime 2-3-4-11 superfectas with BELLARADA in the fourth slot yielded $50.35.
All photos courtesy Four Footed Fotos.
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