10/27/2006 12:00AM

Daddy Warbucks ships in from Texas


Daddy Warbucks leads an invasion of 2-year-olds from Texas to take on the undefeated Topper Power in the $60,000 Governor's at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., on Sunday. The six-furlong race is one of two stakes on the card. The $60,000 Cap Rock for 3-year-old fillies drew recent stakes winner Dancing Squall.

Daddy Warbucks invades from Retama Park near San Antonio following a four-length win in the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on Oct. 14. The colt earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 90, and showed a new dimension in the race when he closed from eighth. Daddy Warbucks will break from the rail under regular rider Roman Chapa, and has some pace to chase Sunday.

"I would expect him to be midpack, and maybe not even midpack," said Danny Pish, who trains Daddy Warbucks for William Bright. "The first time he ran he did wind up on the pace, but we hurried him every jump and he didn't act like he cared for that all that much.

"The other day, even though it was muddy, I told Roman, 'Don't hurry this horse at all, just sit on him and let him make his run,' and it worked out so beautifully that we wouldn't dare do anything different this time."

Daddy Warbucks invades because the race suits him, and because Bright lives near Zia, said Pish.

"It'd be kind of like a hometown race for Mr. Bright," said Pish.

Other invaders from Texas are Eldon's Effort, who was fifth as the favorite last out in the $100,000 El Joven at Retama, and Kayla's Magic, who has won back-to-back turf races at Retama. Eldon's Effort returns to dirt and has worked consecutive bullets for trainer Bob Young.

Topper Power has made three starts at three New Mexico tracks, winning his maiden, then the $30,000 Kemp Handicap, and most recently an allowance at Zia on Oct. 15. His 3 3/4-length win in that race earned him a 72 Beyer. Ken Tohill has the mount for trainer Henry Dominguez.

* Dancing Squall, who defeated older rivals by eight lengths in the $68,000 Zia Distaff, returns to racing with straight 3-year-olds in the Cap Rock. The race will be the third start off a layoff for Dancing Squall, and her last-race Beyer of 92 leads Sunday's field.