03/15/2009 11:00PM

Bigger goals ahead for Biker Boy


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito is blessed to have one of the top older horses in the country in the 8-year-old Commentator. It appears he may be lucky enough to have another late-developing handicap horse in Biker Boy.

Though Zito and owners Rick Porter and Richard Brand have high hopes for Biker Boy this year, they are taking baby steps with the 4-year-old son of Came Home. While the horse certainly looks ready for stakes company now, Zito has entered Biker Boy in a third-level allowance race here at seven furlongs on Wednesday. Biker Boy looks like an overwhelming favorite in the second race on Gulfstream Park's card,

Biker Boy has had physical issues thus far in his career, but his 5 1/2-length allowance win here on Feb. 1 was very solid. It was his first start in nine months, a layoff precipitated by surgery to remove a knee chip. Still, he ran seven furlongs in 1:22.87 and won easily under John Velazquez, who also won a maiden race on him one year ago.

"He was a completely different horse when I rode him last time from the first time," Velazquez said. "When I rode him the first time he was green. When I rode him last time, we sat second and he was just galloping. He's cut out to be a good horse."

There is rain in the forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday. Biker Boy won a second-level allowance at Churchill Downs in the mud.

Zito said Porter told him he wanted to get another allowance race into Biker Boy before trying a stakes.

"He's not in the Commentator league or the type of good horses that we've had, but he acts like that type," Zito said. "Like Rick said, he's not there yet, let's make sure he gets there before you throw him to the wolves."

There don't appear to be any wolves in this heat, though Zito's other entrant, Forefathers, is known to run a big race now and then. Last June, Forefathers won a second-level allowance by 6 1/2 lengths at Belmont and two years ago he finished second to Daaher in the Grade 2 Jerome.

He was used up in a pace duel when third in an optional claimer here on Feb. 12.

Green Vegas drops back into allowance company after finishing fourth in the Sunshine State Stakes here on March 7. Hal's My Hope, third in that race; Formal King, third in a starter allowance here last Friday, and Hometown Boy complete the field.