Owners Richard Ravin, V-Leaf Stables LLC of Vince Foglia and trainer Larry Rivelli will send out a tough duo in Saturday’s $75,000 Showtime Deb Stakes at Hawthorne. The Showtime Deb is for Illinois-bred 2-year-old fillies to be contested at six furlongs on the main track.
The 2-1 morning line favorite in the Showtime Deb is Richie’slilwildcat. After opening her career with a second-place effort against open-company maidens at Arlington on July 7, she defeated similar company by 3 ¾ lengths in her second career start. That effort vaulted her into the Arlington Washington Lassie where she set the early pace before fading late to finish fifth in the 13-horse field. Her most recent race was an easy victory against optional claiming allowance runners at Churchill Downs on Oct. 1. Jose Valdivia, Jr. comes in to ride on Saturday.
The second Rivelli entrant, and second choice in the morning line at 3-1 is Jean Elizabeth. She was a winner at first asking at Arlington against state-bred company on Aug. 17. She shifted over to Hawthorne for her second start, which was an impressive 8 ¼ length score against optional claiming allowance runners on Oct. 12. Julio Felix gets the call once again on Jean Elizabeth.
Trainer Michelle Boyce sends out Speed Devil for owners S.D. Brille Limited Partnership. Speed Devil comes out of the same race at Arlington Park where Jean Elizabeth debuted as Speed Devil finished third in that start. She shifted to Hawthorne for her second start as she moved to the turf course. The effort was impressive as she controlled the pace while defeating open-company maidens by 5 ¾ in the mile turf event. Speed Devil will be ridden again by Santo Sanjur and is 6-1 in the morning line.
Also at 6-1 in the line is Strollin the Bayou for owners Moabo Stables LLC and trainer Chris Block. Strollin the Bayou comes out of the same debut race as Jean Elizabeth and Speed Devil as she split those two at the finish in that start. After finishing fourth in her second career start, Strollin the Bayou was an easy winner in her third start, scoring by seven lengths on Sept. 23. Edgar Perez rode her in her most recent race and rides again on Saturday.
Royal’s Position is one of a pair for owner William Stiritz and trainer Scott Becker that also includes Isabellacannetella. At 8-1 in the morning line, Royal’s Position has taken well to the Hawthorne strip. After finishing fourth in her debut at Fairmount Park on Sept. 23, She moved to Hawthorne and posted a second-place effort in her first start over the track on Oct. 7. She enters the Showtime Deb off a recent maiden win at Hawthorne on Oct. 27. Victor Santiago gets the call.
The field for the Showtime Deb:
PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Romantic Attack J. Diego J. Childers 30-1
2 Speed Devil S. Sanjur M. Boyce 6-1
3 Isabellacannetella C. Emigh S. Becker 12-1
4 Royal’s Position V. Santiago S. Becker 8-1
5 Strollin the Bayou E. Perez C. Block 6-1
6 Jean Elizabeth J. Felix L. Rivelli 3-1
7 Richie’slilwildcat J. Valdivia L. Rivelli 2-1
8 Tumultuous Gal C. Ulloa D. Campbell 30-1
9 Cowgirl Callie R. Prescott E. Essenpreis 12-1
10 Hide the Honey V. Bailon S. Manley 20-1