07/12/2007 11:00PM

Cold Trial aims to keep rolling in Hoover


Cold Trial will try to best seven other Ohio-bred 2-year-olds going six furlongs Sunday in the $50,000 Hoover Stakes at River Downs.

Cold Trial passed the finish line first at Mountaineer in his debut, but was disqualified for drifting in in midstretch and was placed third. In his first local try, on July 3, Cold Trial led from start to finish, winning an open maiden race by nearly two lengths and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 65, 10 points higher than any other horse in the race. Trained by Tim Hamm, Cold Trial will be ridden by Luis Martinez Jr., who rode him in his debut.

Hamm also trains Gold Rush Casey, who beat statebred maidens by nearly five lengths July 1. Gold Rush Casey pressed the pace from the outside under Hector Rosario Jr. and blew by the leaders, winning in 1:00 for five furlongs. Rosario retains the mount.

Three of the six winners in the field won at first asking. Cincy Girl, one of two fillies in the race, won an open maiden race July 3 by three lengths, ridden out. Her trainer, Bill Napier, also will send out Mighty Big Man, winner of his maiden debut by nearly nine lengths in early May. Edgar Paucar will ride Mighty Big Man.

O'Riain bested nine others on June 17 for trainer Ivan Vazquez. According to Vazquez, O'Riain "came back with a little bit of mucus" after his win, but should be at his best now. Rodney Prescott will ride.