05/27/2005 11:00PM

'Bruce' need only handle turf


Bruce on the Loose heads a full field of 10 3-year-old Indiana-breds in Tuesday's $40,000 Governor's at 7 1/2 furlongs over the Indiana Downs turf course.

Based on his dirt form, Bruce on the Loose is strictly the one to beat, but questions abound in the Governor's because none of the runners has ever competed on the turf and only two starters have won around two turns.

Bruce on the Loose is the only stakes winner in the Governor's, having captured the Hillsdale and the Indiana Stallion against statebreds at Hoosier Park last fall. Trained by Kim Nesbitt, Bruce on the Loose has a record of 4-1-0 from six starts, with his only off-the-board finish coming last out when he was fourth, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by next-out winner Honor Pursuit, in the Harrison Stakes against older rivals here May 7. Graded stakes winner Pass Rush finished second in that event, and Tuesday's competition is much softer.

Nesbitt has named jockey Orlando Mojica to ride Bruce on the Loose for his owner-breeder, Gary Hoffman.

Moros Destiny enters the Governor's off back-to-back allowance scores here for trainer David Norris. A three-time winner, Moros Destiny figures to sit just off the early pace on Tuesday. Octavio Bernal has a return call aboard Moros Destiny, who returns just a week after scoring a 1 1/4-length win over older Indiana-bred allowance foes here.

Doro's Don Juan rallied to defeat allowance rivals here on May 21 at a mile and 70 yards. Although Doro's Don Juan's Beyer Figures look a bit low compared to some of his rivals Tuesday, his two-turn experience and breeding suggest he is well suited to the Governor's. Trainer Wayne Minnock named Inosencio Diego for a return call aboard Doro's Don Juan.