08/30/2007 11:00PM

Blazing Dynamo looks sharp


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Six years after Blazing Fury won the Saranac Handicap for trainer Jimmy Toner, his brother Blazing Dynamo will try to duplicate the feat for the same man.

Blazing Dynamo was one of 11 3-year-olds entered in the Gradeo3, $100,000 Saranac, scheduled for 1 3/16 miles over Saratoga's Mellon Turf Course. The Saranac is one of 11 races on Sunday's card, which is highlighted by the Grade 1 Spinaway for 2-year-old fillies.

After losing his first four starts, Blazing Dynamo posted back-to-back wins at Belmont in the spring, which prompted Toner to try him in the Grade 2, $1 million Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs. Blazing Dynamo finished fifth in that race behind Red Giant.

"He ran his race," Toner said. "The horses in front of him were just a little bit better than he was. I can't give him an excuse other than that it was a pretty good jump up in class for him."

Blazing Dynamo has been training very well over the Oklahoma turf course, including a sharp five-furlong move in 58.20 seconds on Aug. 20. Toner was able to slow him down on Monday, when Blazing Dyanamo went in four furlongs 49.88 seconds. Blazing Dyanamo will break from post 10 under Kent Desormeaux.

Toner did say he was somewhat concerned that the turf course will be too firm on Sunday.

"I was hoping to get some rain or something," he said. "They're rolling over this thing pretty good, breaking track records. I'd like to see a little give in the ground for this horse, and it doesn't look like we're going to get it."

Todd Pletcher will send out the uncoupled entry of Distorted Reality and Mysterious Peintre. Distorted Reality won the Lexington Stakes, then finished a close third in the Grade 2 Hall of Fame to Nobiz Like Shobiz, who was scheduled to run in Saturday's Kent. Mysterious Peintre finished fourth in the Colonial Turf Cup in June before finishing last in the Glow Stakes here at a mile on Aug. 4.

"I think Distorted Reality is capable of getting a mile and three-sixteenths," Pletcher said. "The other horse, we ran him a mile, he was away a little slow, was too rank and too fresh. We added blinkers last time; we're taking the blinkers off for this."