07/29/2009 11:00PM

Brother Terry capable on any surface


Brother Terry will attempt to win his third stakes this year in the $55,000 Horizon at River Downs.

Trained by Donn Rowe, Brother Terry will be making his fourth start of 2009 when he faces six other Ohio-accredited 3-year-olds. Ohio-accredited is more restrictive than Ohio-bred as both the sire and dam must reside in Ohio.

In his first out this year, Brother Terry won the Howard B. Noonan at Beulah Park April 11 by a length. He then won the Michael Rowland on May 30 at Thistledown against older Ohio-breds. In his last out July 4, Brother Terry pressed the pace before giving way in the stretch in the Cleveland Gold Cup at Thistedown going 1 1/8 miles.

"He had a sprinter beside him setting him off," Rowe said of Brother Terry's fifth-place showing. "The jockey couldn't get him to settle. It was his first long race of the year coming off two sprints and he was just eager to run and had nothing left in the stretch."

The Horizon is scheduled to be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf but rain all week makes it likely that it will be run at the same distance on the main track. Rowe said he doesn't think that it will be a problem for Brother Terry either way

"He will run hard on anything. It doesn't matter," Rowe said.

Christian Pilares retains the mount.

Raise the Reward, trained by Tim Hamm, comes into the Horizon off a third-place finish in the Green Carpet. That race was run on the turf and that experience should work to his advantage should the race stay on grass. Hector Rosario Jr. will ride.