06/29/2006 11:00PM

Cincinnatian may provide Sybles Angel with reversal


Tommeyesgold and Sybles Angel, two of the leading Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies, will face each other for the fifth time in their careers in the $50,000 Cincinnatian Stakes at River Downs on Sunday. It would be a mistake, however, to refer to this as a rivalry, as the outcome of their previous meetings have been especially one-sided.

Indeed, Tommeyesgold, the likely favorite, has finished ahead of Sybles Angel all four times they've met. Two of those times the margin between them was lopsided. And many would predict the results of the Cincinnatian, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf, will not differ much, since Tommeyesgold has the crucial edge of positive turf experience and Sybles Angel has yet to try the surface.

There is reason to suspect, however, that the gap between the two has narrowed. Though they have not met since last year, both have made considerable progress this season, especially Sybles Angel, whose career-best Beyer Speed Figure has improved 30 points over last year.

Both fillies exit strong efforts in separate allowances at River on June 10. Tommeyesgold captured a second-level allowance, while Sybles Angel was second, beaten a half-length, in a more quickly run conditioned allowance.

Because the Cincinnatian is restricted to statebreds who were also conceived in Ohio, the pool of talent is limited, and the pickings are indeed slim beyond the two favorites. The best of the others is Money Card, the beaten favorite in the Tomboy Stakes last month, who figures to be the early pacesetter.

Lincoln: Touchonemore the standout

Unstarted 2-year-olds have a way of making their trainers confident, but so do good-sized purses. One of these reasons might explain why a field of nine will line up for Sunday's $20,000-added State Fair Futurity at Lincoln, even though only one maiden race has attracted enough entrants to be run at this meet. Five of the Futurity's entrants will be making their first career start, while the other four faced each other in a June 17 maiden race here.

Touchonemore, a most impressive winner of that maiden race, heads this 4 1/2-furlong dash and is the obvious pick off his dominating win. A son of Mocha Express trained by David Anderson, Touchonemore shot to the front over a good track that day, opened a big advantage, and was roused mildly through the lane to win by 6 3/4 lengths under R.D. Williams. The pair will team up again from post 6.

Bumper Bob, owned and trained by Bob Rising, was the favorite in Touchonemore's maiden race but lacked a closing bid while third that day. He should show improvement and could be the one to seal a solid exacta play. Yuri Yaranga will ride from post 9.

Trainer Brian Roberts sends out a pair of fillies in the Shady Bend Thoroughbreds-owned entry of Bali Dancer and Hip Hop Heaven, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in their career debuts.

- Bill Hodtwalker