Updated on 09/15/2011 12:33PM

Dixie Dot Com coming in hot


ALTOONA, Iowa - Dixie Dot Com enters Saturday night's Grade 3 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Prairie Meadows off two smashing open-lengths scores in Texas and will be the starting highweight over a solid field of seven, including defending champion Sir Bear and Euchre.

The Cornhusker, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up with a purse of $400,000, is the premier event of the meet and culminates the Iowa Festival of Racing.

Dixie Dot Com scored a 7 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap in his most recent start May 28. That win followed a similarly impressive 6 1/2-length score in the Grade 3 Texas Mile a month earlier.

Dixie Dot Com arrived here last week from California, his departure delayed by a slight foot problem. The foot is fine now, said trainer Bill Morey Jr., who has seen Dixie Dot Com's career interrupted several times by injury. The flight to Iowa, however, took a bit of a toll. "Prairie Meadows was the third stop during the flight. He lost some weight, and this will be the leanest he has ever been going into a race," said Morey.

Dixie Dot Com showed no ill effects from the long flight when he breezed a strong half-mile here in 46.40 seconds Wednesday morning.

Regular rider David Flores will be in from California for the mount. Dixie Dot Com will carry 119 pounds and spot his six rivals from three to nine pounds.

Defending champion Sir Bear figures to be a strong factor once again. In his most recent start, the 8-year-old Sir Bear finished second by four lengths to Include in the Grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk. Earlier in the year, Sir Bear rallied to score an upset victory in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Trainer Ralph Ziadie has enlisted Jorge Chavez to come in from New York to ride at 116 pounds.

Trainer Bobby Frankel elected to ship Euchre here rather than let him defend his title in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park. Euchre enters off a come-from-behind victory in the Grade 3 All American Handicap at Bay Meadows on May 28, his first victory in five races since last year's Bel Air. Garrett Gomez has the mount at 116 pounds.

Sure Shot Biscuit adds local flavor to the Cornhusker. A two-time defending Iowa-bred horse of the year, he scratched from Thursday's $75,000 Cyclones Stakes against Iowa-breds, where he would have been odds-on. Trained by Kelly Von Hemel, he will be ridden by local leading rider Terry Thompson at 115 pounds.

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