10/17/2002 11:00PM

Brickyard rematch of last year's top two


ANDERSON, Ind. - The one-two finishers from last year's Brickyard Stakes, Fight for Ally and Red's Honor, head a field of 12 older statebred males in Sunday's renewal of the $40,000, six-furlong stakes.

Last year, Red's Honor defeated Fight for Ally by 2 3/4 lengths.

Red's Honor last raced at Belmont on Sept. 20, when he was a tiring sixth against money-won allowance company. Trained by Dale Romans, Red's Honor had been idle between April and that race.

Sunday, he returns to his home base, where he has won four of six starts. Red's Honor's lifetime bankroll of $206,785 is eclipsed in this field only by Fight for Ally, who has earned nearly $300,000.

Trained by Elliott Walden, Fight for Ally hasn't raced since spring and, like Red's Honor, is winless this year in a light campaign. His best showing came at Fonner Park where he was second, beaten a head, in the $100,000 Bosselman-Gus Fonner Handicap. He then shipped to Churchill Downs, where he faded to fourth against $80,000 optional claiming company on May 18.

Fight for Ally has a career record of 6-4-6 from 22 starts. Fight for Ally has been working well at Arlington Park and posted a bullet half-mile breeze of 47.40 seconds there Oct. 9.

With the top two a bit suspect off layoffs, two speedsters, Salutee and Joanies No Phony, have upset chances.

Salutee, trained by Arthur Zeis, prepped for this race against money-won allowance company here Sept. 30, finishing second to Solingen in the meet's fastest six-furlong race, which went in 1:10.18.

Joanies No Phony shook free of $20,000 claiming company last out, romping to an 11 1/4-length win in 1:10.57, the meet's second-fastest time for six furlongs.