09/22/2006 11:00PM

B. B. Best comes back quickly


MIAMI - After B. B. Best won for the first time in nearly two years and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure in the Ambehaving Stakes on Sept. 9, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said he would probably start looking for another race for his multiple graded-stakes-placed colt in three weeks. As things turned out, Plesa didn't wait that long.

B. B. Best will spring back into action in only 16 days when he tops a field of eight older runners entered to go 1 1/16 miles under money allowance conditions in Monday's $40,000 feature at Calder.

B. B. Best recorded his first victory since the 2004 In Reality Stakes when he led throughout to register a 2 1/2-length decision over Big Lover in the Ambehaving. The outing was the first around two turns for B. B. Best since the Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28.

Plesa, who gave B. B. Best nearly five months off after returning from California following the Sunshine Millions, said he felt stretching out B. B. Best again was a key factor to his big performance in the Ambehaving.

"He took command right from the beginning and won like he was supposed to," Plesa said.

B. B. Best will not likely see the lead as readily on Monday. Not with Thanks Dubya in the lineup. Like B.oB. Best, Thanks Dubya is a speedy son of Yes It's True who comes off an easy wire-to-wire win, his under third-level allowance conditions on Sept. 11. In his previous start, Thanks Dubya was beaten a neck by Rehoboth after leading nearly every step in the American Dreamer Stakes.

Thanks Dubya is one of two 3-year-olds in the race, along with Big Lover, who rallied wide to finish second in the Ambehaving. The outing was Big Lover's first against older horses. He will receive an eight-pound concession from B. B. Best, five pounds more than in the Ambehaving.

The most intriguing member of the field is Dazzling Dr. Cevin, one of the leading 3-year-olds on the grounds here last year who has returned to trainer Luis Olivares's barn after competing in Puerto Rico, where he became a Group 1 winner earlier this season.

Cheiron, a good third behind Rehoboth in his 2006 debut, figures to improve off the effort and will run coupled with Deocrador as a Dubis Chaparro-trained entry.

Sir Jackie, a distant third in the Ambehaving, and longshot Proud Diligence round out the lineup.