08/03/2006 12:00AM

Coach Jimi Lee looks a lock in Prairie Sprint


Coach Jimi Lee looms as a short-priced standout when he faces five rivals in Saturday's $75,000 Prairie Meadows Sprint Stakes going six furlongs.

In his most recent start, Coach Jimi Lee won the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows by 4 3/4 lengths over Grade 1 winner Bishop Court Hill, clocking the six furlongs in 1:08.29. The victory was Coach Jimi Lee's third straight in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, and the competition he faces Saturday doesn't look nearly as strong.

Jimmy DiVito trains and co-owns Coach Jimi Lee, a 6-year-old gelded son of Roar who sports a career record of 14-8-3 from 36 starts, good for $772,068 in earnings. Coach Jimi Lee is the Prairie Meadows track record-holder at six furlongs with a 1:07.85 clocking in his first Iowa Sprint Handicap victory back in 2004.

If Coach Jimi Lee runs anywhere near his best, it is hard to foresee him losing on Saturday. He has recorded Beyer Speed Figures over the 100 mark in five of his past eight starts, while none of his rivals in the Sprint has ever recorded a triple-digit Beyer Figure. Eduardo Perez has a return call on Coach Jimi Lee, who is the 124-pound highweight under the allowance conditions of the Sprint.

If Coach Jimi Lee doesn't fire, the mostly likely winner would be Dragooner, a 4-year-old gelded son of Siphon. One of many good claims by owner Maggi Moss over the past year, Dragooner has a record of 3-2-1 from eight starts, good for nearly $70,000 in earnings, since Moss claimed him for $25,000 on Jan. 13.

Prairie Meadows's all-time leading trainer, Dick Clark, trains Dragooner, who should be near the lead under jockey Glenn Corbett.

Remington: Catch Sweepingly

The 12-year-old Proven Cure must run down Sweepingly in order to defend his title in the $50,000 Brother Brown Stakes at Remington Park.

The five-furlong turf sprint is for 3-year-olds and upward, and it drew a strong mix of horses, including main-track stakes winners Top Commander and Premier Dance.

Sweepingly registered the biggest win of his career on turf, when he led throughout in the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint at Lone Star Park on May 29. That race came during a streak in which Sweepingly won five straight races.

"He's a speedster, that's his game," said Chris Hartman, who trains Sweepingly. "He just gets on the lead and he zones in."

Sweepingly comes into the Brother Brown off a third-place finish in a main-track optional claimer at Lone Star on July 23. Alfredo Juarez Jr. has the mount on the gelding.

Proven Cure will benefit if the pace is lively. He rallied from seventh to win the Brother Brown by three-quarters of a length last year at Remington. In his most recent start, Proven Cure closed fast for a three-length win in the $40,000 Littlebitlively at five furlongs on turf at Lone Star on April 22.

Quincy Hamilton has the mount for trainer John Locke.

- Mary Rampellini

River Downs: Follow the bloodlines

With its field restricted to 3-year-olds sired and bred in Ohio, and run over turf, a surface foreign to most of its entrants, the Horizon Stakes has for years presented a handicapping challenge to bettors at River Downs.

Provided the $50,000 Horizon remains on the grass Saturday, sifting through pedigrees in search of turf influences is a good starting point. And for those with a keen knowledge of Ohio pedigrees, and a long memory, Petey G qualifies as a potential player in the 1 1/16-mile Horizon.

Petey G, who has won or placed in his last five starts on dirt, is the eighth foal produced from a mating of the stallion Torcher and the broodmare What Gin. The most successful of the eight, Udrivemehome, was champion Ohio 3-year-old in 1997 on the basis of three stakes wins, including the Horizon.

The only Horizon entrant with a creditable turf performance is the only filly in the field, Sybles Angel, who finished third in the Horizon's filly counterpart, the Cincinnatian Stakes. Sybles Angel was third in the Queen City Oaks on July 22, which was declared a no-contest because of a gate malfunction, and might well give the Oaks another shot when that race is rerun next Sunday.

In the event the Horizon is moved to a wet main track, Fisticuff and Acts Like a King are ones to consider as both have won stakes in the mud. Distress Signal, a three-time winner at the meet, can also handle wet conditions.

- Vance Hanson

Columbus: Anderson fully loaded

It may look as if leading trainer David Anderson is holding all the cards for $12,500-added Hall of Fame Stakes at Columbus and, realistically, he is likely to take home a majority of the purse when he sends out four of the seven starters for the six-furlong feature. Picking the favorite is another matter.

Anderson will send out a coupled entry of Ope and Track Hero, both owned by Alice Mettler, plus a pair of uncoupled horses who both own a three-race win streak: Bevys Dazzler and Indigo Rd.

Track Hero has won four races this year but is coming off back-to-back dull efforts going a mile. On Saturday, he will turn back to a better distance for him with R.D. Williams aboard. His entrymate, Ope, finished nearly four lengths in front of him when he was third in the State Fair Derby. Ope will have Alex Granda riding.

Bevys Dazzler, to have Jerry Carkeek aboard, comes off an entry-level allowance win at Lincoln on July 15, while Indigo Rd, who won for the third straight time at Columbus just last Sunday, will be ridden by Larren Delorme.

The possible upsetter will come from outside the Anderson quartet, as Thoughtuwasatoad should attract betting. Thoughtuwasatoad, a late-running son of Favorite Trick trained by Bill Conyers, was second in the State Fair Derby and has the running style that should suit the long stretch here at Columbus. Although winless in his nine starts this year, he has finished second four times.

- Bill Hodtwalker