06/29/2006 12:00AM

Coach Jimi Lee in Sprint defense


ALTOONA, Iowa - Grade 1 winner Bishop Court Hill will square off against two-time defending champion Coach Jimi Lee in Saturday's $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

, trained by Todd Pletcher, scored a gate-to-wire neck victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 Carter Handicap going seven furlongs at Aqueduct two starts back on April 8.

In his most recent start, Bishop Court Hill set the pace to the stretch before weakening to finish third, beaten 5 1/4 lengths, in the six-furlong Bold Ruler on May 13 at Belmont Park. Rafael Bejarano picks up the mount on Bishop Court Hill, who is the 119-pound starting highweight.

scored a neck victory in this six-furlong event last year for trainer Jimmy DiVito. In his only start this year, Coach Jimi Lee dueled for the lead and scored a half-length victory in the six-furlong Prairie Express here on May 6.

Coach Jimi Lee has been working well since that race, including a bullet six-furlong drill at Arlington Park on June 15. Overall, Coach Jimi Lee has a record of 13-8-3 from 35 starts and has earned $697,068, tops in the Sprint field. Eddie Perez has a return call on Coach Jimi Lee, who will carry 117 pounds.

, trained by Doug O'Neill, is in from California for the Sprint and could put early pressure on Bishop Court Hill.

O'Neill claimed Brooker for $20,000 last Oct. 22 on behalf of owner Dennis Avila. Brooker has won 3 of his 6 starts since the claim, and has earned over $117,000. In his most recent start Brooker dueled through a half-mile in a quick 43.89 seconds and continued willingly to finish second, beaten 2 1/4 lengths, in a seven-furlong allowance race at Hollywood Park. David Cohen will be in from California to ride Brooker at 112 pounds.

Distaff: Capeside Lady challenges

Capeside Lady will face defending champion Platinum Ballet in the $125,000 Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap.

, trained by Steve Asmussen, scored an easy 3 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Bayakoa at Oaklawn Park in her first start of the year.

In her most recent start, Capeside Lady set the pace to the stretch before tiring to finish fifth in the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill on May 5, an effort Asmussen said was a disappointment to him.

"She didn't run her best race at Churchill," Asmussen said.

Capeside Lady has worked well since the Louisville Breeders' Cup, according to Asmussen, and should be close to the pace throughout on Saturday under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.

, trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, rallied to score a 1 1/2-length victory in this 1 1/16-mile event last year but has won only 1 of her 6 starts since. Perry Compton has a return call on Platinum Ballet, who does her running from off the pace.