2014 Sun Power and Showtime Deb Stakes Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO — On the second of five stakes race days for the meet, the juveniles took the spotlight.  The horses — and the people — got a break today, as the weather warmed up into the forties.  The track finally got some rain overnight, though the rain held off on the cloudy race day.  The runners were left with a nice, fast track with just a bit of moisture instead of the dusty, kickback-laden surface it was during the week.  The Sun Power Stakes is a $75,000-added affair at six furlongs over dirt, restricted to Illinois conceived, registered, or foaled two-year-old colts and geldings.  The Showtime Deb Stakes is a perfect complement: equivalent purse, distance, and surface, but restricted to the Illinois-bred fillies.

Sun Power Stakes: Dom the Bomb Explosive In Decisive Win

This year’s Sun Power Stakes drew a field of just five juvenile colts and geldings.  Trainer Larry Rivelli, who won the race last year with Ramblin Richie, came back again — this time, with two bites at the apple.  Dom the Bomb, coming off a fourth-place finish in open company at Keeneland, was the more ballyhooed of the two.  My Man Richie, coming in with just a state-bred maiden win at Arlington, was getting his first shot against winners.  Three others saw the starter to face the Rivelli pair.  Armando’s Star, a full brother to Springfield Stakes third-place Flashdance Road, came in off of a state-bred maiden win at Hawthorne.  Chadwick, in off of a second-place finish in open allowance company at Indiana Grand, tried dirt for the first time.  Fort Dixie, a deep closer coming off a maiden win, also made his dirt debut in the Sun Power.

Dom the Bomb was the 1/1 favourite at first flash, and the bettors only liked him more as time went by.  He wavered between 1/5 and 2/5 as the betting progressed, and went off at 2/5.  Armando’s Star, Chadwick, and My Man Richie all went off between 5/1 and 6/1.  Fort Dixie, taken at 9/2 in the early money, quickly settled back in the betting as more money went on the favourite.

It was a contested lead for the opening furlongs, as Armando’s Star broke on top.  Dom the Bomb was just a head off on the outside.  My Man Richie tracked a few lengths back on the inside, with Chadwick and Fort Dixie farther back.  My Man Richie was the first to make a move, angling out to confront Armando’s Star and Dom the Bomb coming into the far turn.  The three were briefly close, but Dom the Bomb detonated as the field came to the three-sixteenths pole.  Just a shake of the reins by rider Tim Thornton, and Dom the Bomb blasted ahead.  He drew away to win by 11 3/4 lengths over Armando’s Star, the early pacesetter.  Chadwick found a good stride late, getting up for third.  My Man Richie and Fort Dixie completed the order of finish.

Dom the Bomb, all alone at the finish line to win the Sun Power Stakes.

Dom the Bomb, all alone at the finish line to win the Sun Power Stakes.

Dom the Bomb is a two-year-old colt by Bring the Heat out of the Five Star Day mare Richiesgirlgotgame.  He was bred by Richard Ravin and Larry Rivelli, owned by Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope, LLC, and trained by Larry Rivelli.  He had raced twice before.  He debuted with a decisive 4 1/4 length win going five and a half furlongs against Illinois-breds in August.  He resurfaced in an open allowance at Keeneland on October 10.  There, he set the early fractions before fading to fourth, 4 3/4 lengths behind Conquest Bigluck E.

Tim Thornton, who rode Dom the Bomb both in his maiden win and in the Sun Power, had praise for his horse.  “I wasn’t concerned over the outside post,” he said.  “He finished up great: much the best today.”

“I had a really good feeling about today’s race,” trainer Larry Rivelli said about Dom the Bomb.  “I think he’s a lot better than his last two races have shown.  I think the future’s bright for him, no matter where he runs.”  Rivelli plans to run Dom the Bomb next out in the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity, a 1 1/16 mile stakes for state-bred juveniles December 13 at Hawthorne.  Said Rivelli, “I’m pretty sure he’s not a route horse, but with the competition that’s here, I think he’ll be able to win.  After that, I’ll bring him to Florida.”  He also stated that My Man Richie, also in his barn, would point to the Jim Edgar as well.

The Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity should feature several of the runners from the Sun Power.  In addition to the Rivelli pair, trainer Carlos Silva stated that the race was in Chadwick’s future, and trainer Brian Williamson indicated the same direction for Fort Dixie.

Dom the Bomb stopped the clock in 1:11.06 for the six furlongs, and paid his backers $2.80 to win.  An exacta with Armando’s Star in second returned $6.80 for each $2 bet.  The $0.20 cent trifecta with Chadwick placed in third returned $2.34, and a $0.20 superfecta with My Man Richie in the lowest rung paid out $3.82.

Showtime Deb Stakes: Timeaday Brings First Stakes Win for Both Trainer and Sire

This year’s renewal of the Showtime Deb stakes drew a healthy field of nine Illinois-bred juvenile fillies to go six furlongs on the dirt.  Most of the pre-race buzz — and most of the money — were focused on two horses.  Razamajazil was the less seasoned of the two.  She had only started once before, winning an open maiden special for fillies at Hawthorne on October 23.  Timeaday was a bit more seasoned, with three races under her belt.  Timeaday raced for trainer John E. Cox.  Cox had been running Thoroughbreds since 1997 and had placed in stakes races, but was still looking for his first stakes win.

The early money fell most heavily on Razamajazil, who opened at 3/5.  Timeaday opened second in betting, at 7/2.  The later money poured on Timeaday, who inched up and went off the even-money favourite.  Razamajazil went off at 3/2.  Tizgorgeous, trying dirt for the first time today, went off the bettors’ third choice at a hefty 10/1.  She had been off the board in her last two starts in allowance turf miles, but had charted an 8 1/4 length win against state-bred maidens (including fellow Showtime Deb runners Rock My Dreams and Flight Pattern) over the Arlington poly in September.

A Little Unique and Turtles Surprise settled on the lead early, with Timeaday, Rock My Dreams and Razamajazil in the next flight.  Turtles Surprise quickly backed off to avoid the duel, and let A Little Unique take the lead.  Turtles Surprise and Timeaday moved in tandem through the turn, and Turtles Surprise briefly got her head in front.  Passing the three-sixteenths pole, Timeaday caught the front three wide.  She edged ahead of the field, and crossed the wire 3 3/4 lengths in front.  Tizgorgeous, near the back of the tightly bunched pack early, moved through horses along the turn and struck second by the furlong pole.  By then Timeaday had pulled away, but she continued willingly to the wire for second.  Rock My Dreams, wide through the turn, stayed on for third a length behind Tizgorgeous.  Rock My Dreams was a clear third, crossing the wire 4 3/4 lengths ahead of fourth-place Razamajazil.  Turtles Surprise, Banjo Cat, A Little Unique, Flight Pattern, and She’s Pretty Cute completed the order of finish.

Timeaday cruises to the wire in the Showtime Deb Stakes.

Timeaday cruises to the wire in the Showtime Deb Stakes.

Timeaday is a two-year-old filly by Birdbirdistheword out of the Clever Trick mare Negra Perla.  Timeaday is trained by John E. Cox, and was ridden today by Emmanuel Esquivel.  She is owned by Michael Schroeck, and was bred by John W. Wiseman and Candy Wiseman.  Cox had placed in stakes races before, including a second-place finish by Heated Debate in the 2011 Tiznow Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, but this was his first stakes win.  She is also the first stakes winner by Birdbirdistheword, and only her sire’s second winner overall.  She is the second stakes winner out of Negra Perla, whose daughter Kathleen L (by Pine Bluff) won the 2010 Powerless Handicap at Hawthorne.  She has raced three times before the Showtime Deb.  She broke her maiden decisively at Fairmount in September.  She came to Hawthorne and finished third against males in an allowance in October, and then returned November 7 to beat fillies by six lengths.  This was her first time racing against strictly state-bred company.

Trainer John E. Cox got exactly what he hoped for from Timeaday.  His plan was to “take her out, relax her, let her make a run.”  About Timeaday’s plans for the immediate future, Cox remarked, “we’ll probably give her a little breather and take her to Oaklawn.”  Cox stated that she would have pointed to the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante if she had been nominated, but she was not.

About the ride on Timeaday, jockey Emmanuel Esquivel stated, “She broke sharp.  I wanted to give her a clear trip.  The speed went, and I sat right beside them.  From then on, I thought I had it.  I had the perfect spot, and she responded pretty good.”

Michael Schroeck, owner of Tizgorgeous, had strong confidence in his filly.  “We knew she was going to break good.  Depending on how the race set up, we knew there was going to be a lot of speed, and just try to sit behind, close behind the leaders and then find some room coming for home.  It panned out that way, not as much speed as we thought there was going to be.  Julio [Felix] did a good job of riding her.  She handled it well, and tried hard, but we just got beat by a better horse.”  Tizgorgeous is nominated to the Pat Whitworth, and Schroeck stated he was considering it as a next race if she comes out well.

Julio Felix, who rode Tizgorgeous, got the trip he intended.  “I thought we were going to have a good speed duel, but the second quarter, they slowed it down.  I had to take a little hole.  She threw her head up a little bit on me, but she regrouped quick, ran right up the inside, and finished real strong.  The winner got a jump on me, and I couldn’t catch her.”

Timeaday stopped the clock in 1:12.77 for the six furlongs, and paid her supporters $4.20 to win.  The exacta with Tizgorgeous below her paid $33.40 for each $2 bet.  The $0.20 trifecta with Rock My Dreams in the third leg paid $14.92, and the $0.20 superfecta with Razamajazil in fourth returned $39.72.

All photographs courtesy of Four Footed Fotos.

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