09/15/2006 12:00AM

Brooklyn Breeders' Cup Handicap preview


Belmont Park - Race 9
Brooklyn Breeders' Cup Handicap (Grade 2)
1 1/8 Miles
3-year-olds and upward
Purse $150,000.

WE CAN SEEK had an interesting trip in the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga, and should offer value in the Brooklyn. He saved ground for the majority of the Whitney while racing well off the pace before Julien Leparoux opted to angle outside in upper stretch. It was not to be, however, as eventual runner-up Sun King beat Leparoux and We Can Seek to that prime outside position. Leparoux then had to angle We Can Seek back in behind horses, and he finished well once clear. It looks like trainer Mark Hennig has been pointing for this race, and his charge should get a solid pace to attack.

Both of REVERBERATE's wins have come in pace-pressing fashion, and he'll have to rate and finish if he's going to win the Brooklyn. Second in the Peter Pan and Jim Dandy last year, Reverberate has some quality, and he should benefit from a good race at Saratoga under his belt. Speed wasn't holding well at the Spa on August 19, and Reverberate was battling on the lead through solid fractions the entire way. He's back on his favorite surface, and is another that will go off at a square price.

WANDERIN BOY projects as the main speed in the Brooklyn, and he can be very dangerous if he shakes loose in the early stages. Multiple Grade 3 winner Wanderin Boy dominated an optional claimer in the mud at Belmont two back, then ran his heart out in defeat in the Whitney. Breaking from an outside post at Saratoga, Wanderin Boy was sent up to contest a quick pace before understandably tiring in the stretch. The pace scenario will be easier on him on Saturday, and he should make his presence felt.

GOOD REWARD is a multiple Grade 1 winner on turf, but he earned a 106 Beyer chasing the West Coast's top handicap horse, Lava Man, in the Pacific Classic. He received a nice trip that day as he saved ground throughout before finishing evenly for the place. Good Reward must deal with another cross-country trip, and it will be interesting to see how he handles a one-turn route against horses of this quality. He may be an underlay.

FUNNY CIDE had no shot from the far outside post in the Woodward, and may go better in the second start of the form cycle. He loves the Belmont main track, but has only reached the 100 Beyer plateau once in his last 10 races.

1. We Can Seek
2. Reverberate
3. Wanderin Boy