06/28/2010 12:00AM

Bim Bam thriving on grass


Bim Bam has had good success since being switched to turf six races ago, and his connections hope that trend continues when he competes in a full field of 12 3-year-olds in the $200,000 Oliver at Indiana Downs Wednesday evening.

Trainer David Brownlee decided to try Bim Bam on the turf Nov. 29 in the Appleton Juvenile at Calder, and he responded with a win. Brownlee has kept Bim Bam on the turf since then and doesn't see that changing anytime soon after the horse has accrued a 3-2-0 record.

"He has absolutely been better since going on the turf, and I am a firm believer in don't fix it if it ain't broken," Brownlee said.

Bim Bam has been out twice this year, running second in the Island Whirl Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes on April 24 going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park. In his last out June 5, Bim Bam came from way back to win the Lord Juban at Calder over turf course rated as good. That event was at a mile, the same as the Oliver.

Brownlee said his colt doesn't need a lot of speed to run at. "He is very versatile," Brownlee said. "He is actually happier when up close early. It all depends on what kind of break he gets and the post. No matter where he is early, he is going to be tugging to run in the stretch. He is extremely game."

Bim Bam shipped in to Indiana Downs on Sunday and jogged two miles Monday morning. Brownlee planned to take his charge to the paddock Monday evening and then walk him up to the Oliver.

Louis Arango will ship in to ride Bim Bam and they have had good luck together. "Louie is undefeated on Bim Bam so far, he is a perfect 2 for 2," Brownlee said. "He won the Foolish Pleasure on him last year and the overnight stakes in his last out."

Brownlee plans to give Bim Bam time off after the Oliver "

It is brutal in Miami this time of year," he said. "We want to have him ready for the Calder Cup this fall."

The others in the field are Our Douglas, Hudson Steele, Mister Mardi Gras, Alfarabi, Rockin' Rockstar, Lonesome Street, Cherokee Lord, Formaggio, King Ledley and the entry of Lost Aptitude and Guys Reward.