08/12/2004 11:00PM

Blazing Sevens stickout


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Long Term Success, on the heels of a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 96 from an allowance win at Woodbine July 21, is poised to win his fourth consecutive race here in Sunday's $40,000 Blazing Sevens, an in-house stakes scheduled for seven furlongs on the turf.

To be eligible for the Blazing Sevens, a horse must have competed at least three times at the present meet. There is an extra $20,000 up for grabs for Canadian-breds.

Regardless of whether the race remains on the turf, Long Term Success towers over his nine opponents. Only two others have recorded a lifetime dirt Beyer of 80 or better - Reverse Psychology (83) and Domascas Consort (80).

And Long Term Success, a 5-year-old gelding, also boasts the top turf Beyer with an 89. He earned it June 29 in a seven-furlong starter allowance at the Fort.

Next in line is Black Tie Justice, with an 87. That Beyer, however, came for a win at 1 1/4 miles more than two years ago.

Eight days before his June 29 turf score, Long Term Success trounced an allowance field here by more than six lengths on the main track. The Beyer for that win was 94.

Long Term Success has had but 10 lifetime starts. He has won five and finished second twice and third once.

Long Term Success, a son of Sandpit, debuted in maiden special company early in March of 2002 at Fair Grounds, then came north to Woodbine. He was still a maiden after his third start some 11 weeks later when he was put on the shelf.

It wasn't until this year, on March 5, that Long Term Action, resurfaced, now sporting a $7,500 claiming tag. His new locale was Tampa Bay and he promptly left the maiden ranks with a lengthy score.

Raised to the $10,000 level for his next start, April 10, Long Term Success won again but was claimed by trainer Bruce Alexander, who brought him to Fort Erie.

Alexander is experiencing a banner meet at the Fort. Going into Sunday's card, Alexander had won with 12 of his 32 starters for a win percentage of 38.