05/07/2004 11:00PM

Big new presence in Wayar barn


MIAMI - Trainer Manuel Wayar had only five horses on his stall application for the 2004 Calder meeting. He added a sixth member to the stable shortly before the session began. And what an addition it was.

Wayar has assumed the training duties for the multiple graded stakes winner , replacing Myra Mora, who shipped her stable to Finger Lakes at the conclusion of the Tampa Bay Downs meet. Tour of the Cat is owned by Sue Gannon's Double G Stable.

"A friend of mine who knew the owner recommended me, and I was given the horse after he returned from Dubai," Wayar said.

Tour of the Cat finished eighth, beaten 12 1/4 lengths, in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes on March 27. A son of Tour d'Or, Tour of the Cat won three graded races last year, Gulfstream Park's Richter Scale, a Grade 2, and Calder's Miami Mile and Spend a Buck handicaps, both Grade 3's.

"Some horses need a long time to recuperate after they've run in Dubai, but he seems to have bounced back pretty well," said Wayar. "Of course, you never really know what effect the trip will have until they run."

Wayar has entered Tour of the Cat in Tuesday's third race, a money allowance worth $35,000 to be decided at six furlongs.

"I think he's probably best at seven furlongs and beyond, but this race came up and it will be a good prep for the 1 1/16-mile Memorial Day Handicap, which is what I'm really pointing for," said Wayar.

Tour of the Cat, who has earned in excess of $800,000, will face five rivals on Tuesday, including Barnacle Steve, Royal Lad, and Gold Dollar.

Class of Seventy in good spot

As a 3-year-old, Class of Seventy was a stakes-caliber turf runner. Now 5, he has dropped into the claiming ranks but appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in Monday's $30,000 allowance feature.

Class of Seventy will be making the third start of his current form cycle and is coming off a sharp third-place effort at Gulfstream, despite encountering a rough run around the clubhouse turn.

Class of Seventy should have plenty of pace to run at in the main event, with front-runners Trompolino, Atiba, and Office Ghost among the opposition.