09/01/2012 5:45PM

Columbus: Song of Humor has the speed


Song of Humor looms as the possible lone speed in a short field as five older horses will go 6 1/2 furlongs in the $10,000 Labor Day Stakes to cap off the holiday weekend at Columbus on Monday afternoon.

Song of Humor, trained by Milton Gaede, is seeking his fourth stakes win of the year in this spot. His last four starts have come outside Nebraska, including a win going 3 1/2 furlongs at Canterbury Park and most recently a third in the Heavy Stakes at Prairie Meadows going two furlongs. The stretch-out in distance should prove no problem for this 4-year-old son of Songandaprayer, and he has run well over this track, with 2 wins and a third from his 3 career starts.

Song of Humor owns a career mark of 14-3-5 from 26 starts for earnings of just less than $150,000. His stakes wins this year have come in the Grasmick Stakes at Fonner Park and the Speed Stakes and President's Cup, both at Lincoln Race Course. Jake Olesiak has the mount.

Kentucky Mile, from the barn of leading trainer Chuck Turco, will be looking for the speed to back up as he turns back in distance off two straight route wins against starter allowance and $7,500 claiming company. Kentucky Mile has 3 wins from his 6 starts this year and should be mounting a late rally should the top choice's speed start to back up late.