12/23/2009 12:00AM

Cape of Bradford figures to set pace


Cape of Bradford might have a significant tactical advantage Sunday when she returns to the site of her biggest career win for the $50,000 Bold Ego at Sunland Park.

"I think she's the controlling speed," said Chris Hartman, who trains Cape of Bradford. "She's really fast."

Cape of Bradford set the pace last out in the $60,000 Zia Park Distaff on Nov. 28, running the opening half-mile of the six-furlong stakes in a blazing 44.60 seconds. She was overtaken in the stretch by eventual winner Prairie Charm, who went on to cover the distance in a quick 1:08.80. Cape of Bradford held third in what was her first start since Sept. 3.

Prairie Charm returned Tuesday to win a one-mile allowance race at Sunland by 1 1/4 lengths.

"I think we're definitely going to move forward off that last race," Hartman said.

Cape of Bradford will meet a competitive group of fillies and mares Sunday in the Bold Ego, which will be run over 5 1/2 furlongs. Among those set to start are Stealth Cat, a multiple stakes winner who is 5 for 10 at Sunland; Petition the Lady, who won four consecutive races between June and August; and Magdalena's Chase, a front-running winner over $40,000 optional claiming rivals on Dec. 12.

As for Cape of Bradford, she won 2 of her 3 starts at Sunland last meet, including the $50,000 Czaria Handicap. She later went on to race in Southern California, and in her start prior to the Zia Park Distaff was a close fourth in the $88,000 Daisycutter at Del Mar.

Double Eagle looks to double up

The Bold Ego will share a program with two six-figure stakes for Quarter Horses. Double Eagle Ranch, the co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will be represented in both the $224,407 Sunland Park Winter Quarter Horse Futurity and the $131,700 Sunland Park Winter Quarter Horse Derby.

Double Eagle will send out Time for a Cigar in the Winter Derby and Templar Knight in the Winter Futurity. Both horses are trained by Tony Sedillo. Time for a Cigar won the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity in June and might face his toughest competition from Louisiana Senator, the runner-up to Foose in last month's Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby.

Templar Knight, a trial winner last out, seeks his first career stakes win in the Futurity.