06/02/2010 11:00PM

Bim Bam will need to fire his best shot


MIAMI - Bim Bam is a three-time stakes winner whose list of victims this winter include Belmont Stakes contender Interactif. Tannersville, on the other hand, has yet to advance beyond an entry-level allowance victory.

But Bim Bam may have to be on top of his game if he's going to hand the undefeated Tannersville his first setback when the pair cross paths in Saturday's $55,000 Lord Juban overnight stakes at Calder.

Bim Bam returns to his home base for the first time since winning the Appleton Juvenile Turf Stakes when making his grass debut in his 2-year-old finale, on Nov. 14. A homebred son of Deputy Wild Cat owned by J D Farms and trained by David Brownlee, Bim Bam opened his 3-year-old campaign with a couple of strong efforts at Gulfstream Park, finishing second behind the undefeated Nordic Truce in the Dania Beach before outgaming Interactif to post a nose decision three weeks later in the Hallandale Beach.

Bim Bam has made two starts since the Hallandale Beach, finishing fifth after encountering early trouble in the Grade 3 Palm Beach and second when facing older horses for the first time in the restricted Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes on April 24.

Tannersville is perfect in three starts, opening his career here last fall with a nine-length victory going six furlongs on the dirt before switching to turf to defeat mid-level conditioned claimers and entry-level allowance rivals in his only two starts at 3. He came within .40 of a second of Gulfstream Park's 7 1/2-furlong turf course record when capturing his grass debut on April 7.

"This will be the litmus test for him," said Tannersville's trainer, Henry Collazo. "I always thought the best of this horse, but like a good boxer you want to make it as easy as you can on them when they first start out."