11/03/2005 1:00AM

Beulah Park: Tommy Panache has lone stakes win


Tommy Panache heads a field of nine Ohio-bred 2-year-olds in the $40,000 Ohio Freshman Stakes at Beulah Park.

Tommy Panache is the only stakes winner entered in the mile and 70-yard Freshman and one of only three winners in the field.

In his career debut on Sept. 4, Tommy Panache stalked the pace to the stretch and rallied to score a three-quarters of a length victory in the six-furlong Loyalty Stakes at Thistledown. Tommy Panache's only other start came just more than a month later at Keeneland, when he finished ninth against allowance company.

Tommy Panache, a son of Mercer Mill trained by Wayne Mogge, will try two turns for the first time on Saturday and will be equipped with blinkers for the first time. Scott Spieth will be in from Thistledown to ride him.

Turnpike Mike recorded the field's highest Beyer Speed Figure, a 60, in his gate-to-wire maiden special weight score at Thistledown on Sept. 30. Trained by Mike Nance, he returned to the races three weeks later and finished fifth versus statebred allowance company going a mile.

Turnpike Mike will be equipped with blinkers for the first time on Saturday and figures to set the pace in the Freshman.

Touch It Up is winless in five career starts but does have two runner-up finishes. Trained by Mark Doering, he has shown the ability to pass horses through the stretch and may improve in his first try around two turns.