03/05/2007 1:00AM

Catman Running likely for Lane's End


Catman Running came out of his 1 3/4-length triumph in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on Saturday in good fashion and is likely to run back in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway on March 24, trainer Eric Reed said Monday.

Catman Running, a gray colt making just his fourth start, earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88 in turning back favored Joe Got Even for his third victory.

"I really liked this horse before he ever ran," said Reed. "I knew he needed some distance."

Catman Running finished eighth in his Oct. 22 career debut at Keeneland, a seven-furlong maiden race won by Teuflesberg, who captured the Southwest Stakes last month at Oaklawn Park. Since his first start, Catman Running has run exclusively in two-turn races, ending with his 1 1/16-mile Battaglia triumph at Turfway in Florence, Ky.

"Mental antics have kind of been his hang-up," said Reed. "He's been like a big kid. He's just now getting his stuff together."

Meanwhile, Battaglia runner-up Joe Got Even also will be seriously considered for the Grade 2 Lane's End, said trainer Phil Sims. Joe Got Even "came back mad and not even tired," said Sims. Joe Got Even encountered traffic for much of the trip.

Both Catman Running and Joe Got Even are based at Keeneland, where they train daily over Polytrack, the same surface in use at Turfway.

Dubious Miss may face champ

If Street Sense happens to make his seasonal debut in the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes on the Lane's End undercard, as trainer Carl Nafzger has said is a possibility, one of his challengers could be Dubious Miss, the winner of an entry-level allowance here Saturday.

Street Sense, unraced since clinching a divisional Eclipse Award with a 10-length triumph in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is expected to make his 3-year-old debut in the March 17 Tampa Bay Derby, with the Rushaway being a possible alternative. Both are run at 1 1/16 miles.

As for Dubious Miss, he is a colt and not a filly, contrary to what his name suggests. Owner-breeder David Holloway, whose best horse to date was the $1.4 million earner Bet on Sunshine, said the horse is named for a miss in the context of "a swing and a miss."

Sarah Ramsey hospitalized

Sarah Kathern Ramsey, who with her husband, Ken, won the 2004 Eclipse Award for top owner, suffered a severe stroke Feb. 21 and remains hospitalized while in a semi-comatose state in Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Fla.

A family friend said Monday that the long-term prognosis for Sarah Ramsey is "somewhat hopeful" and that she began to recognize people last weekend after being in an unconscious state for more than a week.

The Ramseys, who make their permanent home in Nicholasville, Ky., and winter in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., have been the dominant owners for the last decade or so on the Kentucky circuit.

Mena's brother out of coma

Jockey Miguel Mena reported Monday through his agent, Steve Elzey, that his 16-year-old brother, Aderly, had emerged from a coma over the weekend and is expected to make a full recovery. Aderly Mena, a jockey in Peru, had been injured in a spill late last month.

Miguel Mena missed two days last week at Turfway to return to Peru to be with his younger brother. Mena is in a close race with Alonso Quinonez for leading-rider honors at the winter-spring meet, which runs through April 5.

Dinner to honor Cruguet

A private dinner is being sponsored and hosted Saturday evening by Belterra Casino in southern Indiana in honor of Jean Cruguet, who 30 years ago rode Seattle Slew to win the 1977 Triple Crown. Cruguet turns 68 on Thursday.

About 80 guests are scheduled to attend the dinner, including fellow retired jockeys Steve Cauthen, Chris McCarron, Randy Romero, and Shane Sellers, along with Billy Turner, the trainer of Seattle Slew.

Benefit features Reds broadcasters

A benefit dinner honoring longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcasters Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall is scheduled for March 23 at 6 p.m. Eastern at Turfway. Former Reds Lee May and Tom Browning are among the guests expected to attend the event, dubbed "Trackside with Marty and Joe." Tickets are $75 each.

Brennaman and Nuxhall also are being honored by having their likenesses replicated on commemorative Maker's Mark bottles that go on sale March 16. An autograph session is scheduled for Lane's End Day, March 24.

* Churchill Downs will reopen its stable area for training Saturday. The track has been shuttered since Dec. 31 for the annual wintertime break for cleaning, extermination, and repairs. Many local horsemen move to the nearby Trackside training center for that 10-week period before moving back in.