Horse Racing

Rivelli pair headline Showtime Deb field


Rivelli pair headline Showtime Deb field

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

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Ghaaleb’s Winner Leads Becker Trio into Sun Power Stakes


Ghaaleb’s Winner Leads Becker Trio into Sun Power Stakes

Trainer Scott Becker sends out a trio of geldings for owner William Stiritz in the $100,000 Sun Power Stakes on Saturday at Hawthorne. The Sun Power is for Illinois-bred juvenile colts and geldings and will be contested at six furlongs on the main track.

Leading the way for the Becker trainees is Ghaaleb’s Winner as the 2-1 morning-line favorite will be ridden on Saturday by Chris Emigh. An impressive debut winner at Fairmount Park on Aug. 15, Ghaaleb’s Winner shipped to Arlington Park to contest the Arlington Washington Futurity in his next start. After being bumped at the start and dropping back to last early, he rallied to finish a solid third in that seven furlong event. His most recent start came at Hawthorne on Oct. 19 as he got a perfect trip en-route to a two-and-a-half length victory against optional claiming allowance company. Ghaaleb’s Winner will be joined in the race by Becker entrants Gita’s Lad (8-1) and Caleb’s Heir (15-1).

The second and third choices in the morning line come from the Larry Rivelli barn in Demand Ransom and Pass the Gravy. Demand Ransom was a solid winner on debut at Arlington on Aug. 3, defeating $25,000 maiden claimers by nearly seven lengths. His most recent race was a third-place effort behind Ghaaleb’s Winner after contesting the pace with Pass the Gravy on Oct, 19. Julio Felix gets the call once again on Demand Ransom, who is the 9-2 second-choice.

Pass the Gravy is the second Rivelli entrant in the Sun Power Stakes as Rodney Prescott gets the call on the 5-1 morning-line third choice. Pass the Gravy also got off to a fine start on his racing career, winning at first asking over the polytrack at Arlington on Sept. 2. After a six-week break, he was pushed along in his most recent race by Demand Ransom, tiring in the lane to finish fifth to Ghaaleb’s Winner.

Sir Anthony is the 6-1 fourth choice in the line in the Sun Power for owner Richard Otto Stables, Inc. and trainer Anthony Mitchell. Sir Anthony debuted at Arlington on Sept. 2, finishing third in a maiden race won by Pass the Gravy. He tried the turf at Hawthorne on Oct. 20, chasing the early pace around two turns before tiring to finish fifth in that spot. He enters the Sun Power off a maiden score at Hawthorne on Nov. 1. Santo Sanjur takes the return ride on Sir Anthony.

The field for the Sun Power Stakes:

PP           Horse                                 Jockey              Trainer                 M/L

1              Run for Charlie                  J. Lopez                S. Manley            20-1

2              Gita’s Lad                            V. Santiago         S. Becker             8-1

3              Ghaaleb’s Winner            C. Emigh               S. Becker             2-1

4              Mr. Luv Maker                  F. Giles                 T. Dorris               8-1

5              Im The Best I Know         E. Perez                W. Catalano        12-1

6              Demand Ransom             J. Felix                   L. Rivelli                9-2

7              Caleb’s Heir                        V. Bailon              S. Becker             15-1

8              Sir Anthony                        S. Sanjur              A. Mitchell          6-1

9              Pass the Gravy                  R. Prescott          L. Rivelli                5-1