10/27/2011 12:52PM

Beulah Park: Race flow favors Honey Be Fleet in Scarlet and Gray


GROVE CITY, Ohio – Honey Be Fleet will try to turn the tables on Pay the Man in the $50,000 Scarlet and Gray Handicap at Beulah Park on Saturday.

Trained by Doug Cowans, Honey Be Fleet has lost only once locally and just once at the six-furlong distance of the Scarlet and Gray, both in this same event last season. She has won 5 of 6 at this distance lifetime and 2 of 3 local starts.

Pay the Man held on to win the 2010 running by a neck over Honey Be Fleet.

Luis Gonzalez rode Honey Be Fleet last season for Cowans in the Scarlet and Gray and has been aboard Pay the Man for her last five starts, all victories. Amanda Tamburello was aboard Honey Be Fleet in her last outing and will retain the mount Saturday.

Honey Be Fleet comes into the race off a 9 1/2-length win in a six-furlong statebred allowance Oct. 14 over a muddy track locally. Cowans is having a great meet thus far, winning with 6 of 9 starters through Thursday.

Pay the Man, trained by Miguel Feliciano, is the 124-pound highweight in the field of 14 older Ohio-bred fillies and mares after winning her last five starts, giving at least four pounds to her nearest rival. The 7-year-old Pay the Man won the Best of Ohio Distaff most recently on Oct. 15 at Thistledown going 1 1/8 miles. Pay the Man has only one local win in four attempts, last season’s Scarlet and Grey. With an abundance of early speed in this field, Gonzalez may have a tough time getting Pay the Man to her normal position in front and the race should set up perfectly for the late-running Honey Be Fleet.

Four 3-year-old fillies will attempt to upset their elders. Tim Hamm Sends out 2-year-old Ohio champion Startin Something and Juju Bling as an entry. Joe Woodard will run Cactus House, a filly he claimed for owner Billy Hays in her last out Sept. 4 at Del Mar for $16,000. Bill Helmbrecht saddles first-time starter Bounce Twice, a filly who has been working well at Turfway Park