08/31/2006 11:00PM

Bennett has three winners in Little Ones


Eight Michigan-bred juvenile colts and geldings have been entered for the $50,000 Little Ones Stakes, which tops a special Sunday card at Great Lakes Downs.

Armored Truck is one of three runners, all winners, entered by trainer Gerald Bennett in the six-furlong Little Ones. Armored Truck, owned by Raymond Rech, dueled for the lead before drawing off two weeks ago in his lone start. Terry Houghton, the meet's top rider, will again be in the irons.

Bennett also entered All I Can Get and Furka Pass. The three Bennett runners will race as separate wagering interests. All I Can Get, owned by Michael McQuade, won her only start, on July 24, under Mary Doser. Furka Pass, owned by Gene and Phyllis Gilmore, won her maiden in her third start, which came on Aug. 7. Freddie Mata will ride Furka Pass.

Creative Edge, owned by trainer Del Waite, is the only winner at six furlongs in the field. He came back from a third-place finish to All I Can Get to win his second start. Octavio Bernal gets the mount.

Spirituality and Academian, second and third in Creative Edge's victory, are the others in the field with experience at the distance.

Columbus: Burning Memories in Callihan defense

Burning Memories returns in defense of her title as she headlines a field of eight fillies and mares in the $15,000-added Bill Callihan Stakes at Columbus.

An 8-year-old daughter of Verzy out of Envy Me Fool, Burning Memories is the class of this field and showed she can still get around on the Columbus surface with a strong 1 1/4-length win over open allowance company on Aug. 21. She sports a 3-for-3 record at Columbus and brings earnings of more than $236,000 into the 6 1/2-furlong Callihan. R.D. Williams will ride for owner-trainer Jim Cranwell.

Cranwell also will send out Whispering Hope as part of a coupled entry in the Callihan.

Magic Trump, owned and trained by Herb Riecken, could pose the biggest threat to the top choice. She was third in Burning Memories's win here two weeks ago after waiting for room briefly nearing the stretch, and could move up with a cleaner trip.

Soul Patrol has been showing the most speed and appears the likely pacesetter. A $10,000 claim in her last start by trainer Dan Coughlin, Soul Patrol has a pair of claiming wins this year.

- Bill Hodtwalker