09/13/2007 11:00PM

'Crazyguy' to give home turf a try

EmailMIAMI - Imawildandcrazyguy, who has toured the country facing the best of his division for most of the year, may find the grass is actually greener back home when he makes his next start over the local turf course in the $100,000 Needles Stakes on Sept. 22.

Trainer Bill Kaplan said he plans to work Imawildandcrazyguy over the turf course, weather permitting, on Monday morning before making a final decision on his star 3-year-old's status for the 1 1/16-mile Needles.

"He's never been on grass before other than when he was growing up on the farm as a baby," Kaplan said. "But he should love it since his daddy was a standout on the turf."

Imawildandcrazyguy is a son of Wild Event, who won six graded stakes on turf.

Imawildandcrazyguy is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 3. He won his last local appearance, a third-level allowance race over the main track on July 14.

The Needles lured nominations from 18 other 3-year-olds, including the locally based graded stakes winner Soldier's Dancer, who earlier this month finished fifth behind Nobiz Like Shobiz in Delaware Park's Grade 3 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes. Soldier's Dancer has not raced here since winning the Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby on New Year's Day.

Stakes-filled card set for Saturday

The Needles is one of four stakes on Saturday's Festival of the Sun Preview card, along with its filly counterpart, the $100,000 Judy's Red Shoes, the $150,000 Foolish Pleasure, and $150,000 Brave Raj stakes.

Florida Stallion Stakes winners Wise Answer and Silk Ridge are nominated to the Foolish Pleasure and Brave Raj, respectively. Both races will be decided at a mile and 70 yards as a prelude to the Stallion series finales, the $400,000 In Reality and My Dear Girl stakes on Oct. 13.

Silk Ridge worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 on Friday before galloping out in 1:15.40 for trainer Gordon Potter. She has already won the opening two legs of the filly division of the Stallion Stakes, winning the six-furlong Desert Vixen by 1 1/4 lengths and the seven-furlong Susan's Girl by nearly nine lengths.

Potter originally said he would train Silk Ridge up to the My Dear Girl but indicated Friday that he is now considering bringing her back in the Brave Raj.

Hey Byrn may run in Foolish Pleasure

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said he is considering starting his lightly raced but promising juvenile prospect Hey Byrn in the Foolish Pleasure. Hey Byrn, a son of Put It Back, finished a well-beaten second behind Wise Answer in the seven-furlong Affirmed division of the Stallion Stakes after winning his maiden four weeks earlier.

"I usually like to pass these races and go right into the Stallion Stakes finales with my 2-year-olds, but I'm thinking about the Foolish Pleasure for Hey Byrn because I feel he may need a little more seasoning," Plesa explained.

Trainer Phil Gleaves, who engineered a major upset to complete the second half of Friday's early daily double with the 21-1 El Gigante, is still undecided whether to wheel back his 3-year-old Banda Victoria in the Judy's Red Shoes. Banda Victoria is undefeated and virtually unchallenged in two starts on grass but would be eligible for less than half of the $100,000 Judy's Red Shoes purse. Banda Victoria is a Kentucky-bred and thus ineligible for the $55,000 supplement from the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners Fund.

"Our main goal is the Calder Oaks on Oct. 13, so I'll have to decide whether it would be worth running her for only $45,000 on Saturday or to just train her up to the Oaks," Gleaves said. The Oaks has a purse of $200,000.