11/04/2010 1:29PM

Brickyard Fast back to sprinting




Brickyard Fast has done his best work sprinting on the main track, and that's what he will do Saturday when he defends his Remington Park base against tough invaders Chipshot, Caleb's Posse, and Grant Jack in the $100,000 Clever Trevor.

The seven-furlong race is the second leg of Remington's new series for 2-year-olds that culminates with the $250,000 Springboard Mile on Dec. 11. It will go as the 10th race on a card that has a special daytime post of noon Central.

Brickyard Fast earned one of the year's top Beyer Speed Figures for a 2-year-old back in June, when he was assigned an 83 for his 10-length romp in a maiden special weight sprint at Lone Star Park. He then ran third in a turf stakes at Louisiana Downs, the $50,000 Minstrel, before getting back on the main track in September and winning a first-level allowance at six furlongs at Remington. The performance set him up for showdown with his division's best in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity, and he finished an uncharacteristic 11th in the 1 1/16-mile race run on Polytrack at Keeneland.

"He didn't handle the surface," said Joe Petalino, who trains Brickyard Fast for Baccari Racing. "He didn't stride out."

Brickyard Fast has since been working sharply, and is a candidate to control the pace Saturday under Bryan McNeil.

Chipshot could start as a solid favorite for his runner-up finish in the $75,000 Dover at Delaware Park on Oct. 9. He will be cutting back from 1 1/16 miles, and the last time he sprinted he was third in the Grade 3 Sapling at Monmouth Park, beaten three-quarters of a length by Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf entrant Madman Diaries. Aaron Gryder has the mount on Chipshot for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Caleb's Posse won a Keeneland allowance sprint on Oct. 8, while Grant Jack was third in another Keeneland allowance Oct. 17. Banned won that race, and he will face Madman Diaries on Saturday in the BC Juvenile Turf.