07/02/2005 12:00AM

Coach Jimi Lee back for Sprint 'Cap


ALTOONA, Iowa - Defending champion and track-record-holder Coach Jimi Lee heads a wide-open running of the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows on Monday afternoon.

In addition to the six-furlong Sprint, Monday's card also includes the $100,000 Saylorville Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs. Monday is the fourth and final day of the Iowa Festival of Racing.

Coach Jimi Lee, trained by James DiVito, set the six-furlong track record of 1:07.85 winning this event last year. Coach Jimi Lee has won just 1 of his 5 starts this year, though. In each of his last two starts he finished second, beaten less than a length, as the odds-on favorite.

The first of those two starts came here on May 7, when his rally fell three-quarters of a length short of catching Premium Saltine in the 5 1/2-furlong Prairie Express. In his most recent start, Coach Jimi Lee dueled through the final half-mile of a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race run over a sloppy track at Churchill on June 3, falling a half-length short.

Coach Jimi Lee, a 5-year-old gelded son of Roar owned by DiVito and Lee Battaglia, has worked five furlongs three times at his Arlington Park home base since his last start.

Craig Perret, who rode Coach Jimi Lee to victory here last year, will be back aboard for the first time in 2005. Coach Jimi Lee will carry 117 pounds.

Premium Saltine, trained by Tom Amoss, is the 118-pound starting highweight in the Sprint. Premium Saltine has won 3 of his 6 starts since being claimed by owner Maggi Moss for $40,000 last October at Lone Star.

Premium Saltine has been off for two months since his Prairie Express victory, but he signaled his readiness to return to the races with a five-furlong bullet breeze last Tuesday at Churchill Downs. Tim Doocy, the meet's leading rider, has a return call on Premium Saltine, who spots his five rivals from one to five pounds.

Super Fuse, a 5-year-old gelding, has displayed a powerful late kick at times during his career but he has won only once in 17 starts in 2004-05. John Davila Jr. will be in for the mount.

Multiple stakes winner El Dorado Shooter is the likely pacesetter in the Sprint. El Dorado Shooter, 8, returns from an 11-month layoff for Cliff DeLima, who has trained him throughout his 29-race career, which includes 12 victories and more than $550,000 in earnings. El Dorado Shooter is winless since capturing the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint in June 2003. Mike Allen will ride.

Saylorville: Injustice looks tough

Injustice looks tough to beat when she faces five other fillies and mares, including an entry, in the $100,000 Saylorville.

Injustice captured the Grade 3 Azeri Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn in March going 1 1/16 miles. Trained by Wayne Catalano, who leads the Arlington standings, she weakened to finish third in the seven-furlong Grade 3 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap at Arlington, her most recent start.

The turnback in distance from seven to six furlongs shouldn't hurt Injustice, who has won 3 of her 6 career starts at six furlongs. Craig Perret picks up the mount aboard Injustice, the 123-pound highweight under the allowance conditions of the Saylorville.

The Maggi Moss-owned entry of Iowa-bred mares Switch Lanes and Only at Night figures to be the main danger in the Saylorville.

Switch Lanes returns just eight days after finishing fourth as the even-money favorite in the $70,000 Hawkeyes Handicap for statebreds here at 1 1/16 miles.