08/31/2007 12:00AM

11 to battle in $1 million Pennsylvania Derby


The combination of a $1 million purse and the absence of any of the leaders of the 3-year-old division resulted in a field of 11 when post positions were drawn Friday for Monday's 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park.

Get Serious and his more highly regarded stablemate Cable Boy will run as an entry. The Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby also attracted the first four finishers from last month's West Virginia Derby - Zanjero, Bwana Bull, Moyer's Pond, and Sam P. - along with Triple Crown participants Imawildandcrazyguy, Cowtown Cat, Xchanger, and Slew's Tizzy. The up-and-coming Timber Reserve completes the evenly matched lineup.

Zanjero drew post 8 and was established as the 3-1 morning-line favorite off his game nose victory over Bwana Bull in the West Virginia Derby. The win was the first this year for Zanjero, who has finished in the top three in five of his six starts at 3, with his lone subpar performance a troubled 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Shaun Bridgmohan will again have the mount on Zanjero, who carries 122 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Pennsylvania Derby.

Bwana Bull will break from post 2 under his new rider Eddie Castro for his rematch with Zanjero. A late-running son of Holy Bull, Bwana Bull drew even with but could not get past Zanjero during the thrilling stretch run of the West Virginia Derby. The outing was the first for Bwana Bull since his 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Cable Boy will get some much-needed class relief after suffering his first loss in four career starts when he finished a tiring fifth behind Any Given Saturday, Hard Spun, and Curlin in the Haskell Invitational. A New Jersey-based colt, Cable Boy figures to be among the early leaders in the Pennsylvania Derby along with Timber Reserve, Xchanger, and Cowtown Cat.

A fast pace would help Imawildandcrazyguy, who drew the outside post 11. Imawildancrazyguy rallied from last to finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby and was also fourth after racing near the rear of the pack during the early stages of the Haskell.