Updated on 09/16/2011 8:07AM

Doocy and Powder a perfect pair


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Jockey Tim Doocy will try to remain perfect in four starts on Powder on Sunday in the $100,000 Carousel Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn Park. A two-time riding champ in Hot Springs, Doocy is in the midst of another strong season at Oaklawn, and after the meet will ride at Lone Star Park regularly for the first time since 1998.

Doocy turned in one of the most memorable rides at the meet last month in the $50,000 Spring Fever, when he guided Powder to a two-length win over 1-5 favorite Spanish Glitter. The race was won at the break when the pair shot from the gate and took command of the field. Doocy gave Powder a breather on the turn, then the two poured it on in the stretch, covering 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.74

It was the third win at the meet for Powder, and in each of her starts she has been ridden by Doocy, who has won three of the last four Spring Fevers.

"I'm really excited about Powder," said Doocy. "I don't think she's reached her full potential yet. Each time she runs, she's shown me something different."

In addition to riding the front-running Powder, considered one of meet's top female sprinters, Doocy is also the regular rider on the late-running Chindi, one of the best older male sprinters here. Third last out in the $50,000 Hot Springs Stakes, Chindi could return to action Thursday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.

"Chindi is doing real good this year," said Doocy. "He's a great horse to ride. He's a people's horse because he looks like he has no chance and then he gets there. It's a thrill to ride him."

Dozen projected for Derby

Bay Monster, who missed the Grade 3, $100,000 Rebel Stakes last month because of a cold, is on track for the Grade 2, $500,000 Arkansas Derby on April 13 after he worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.80 on Friday. The colt worked in company with stablemate Suave Dancer, who covered the same distance in 1:14.20.

"He needed a good solid work," said Steve Wren, who trains Bay Monster for Kaaren and Hays Biggs.

Bay Monster is one of 12 early probables for the Arkansas Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race that is also expected to draw Mr. Mellon and Wild Horses, the first two finishers in the $100,000 Rushaway on the Spiral Stakes undercard at Turfway Park; It'sallinthechase, third last out in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby; Windward Passage and Dusty Spike, the first- and third-place finishers in the Rebel; and Private Emblem, winner of the fastest division of the $75,000 Southwest.

Also expected are Gold Dollar, fourth in the Grade 2 Spiral; Dial a Hero, fifth last out in the Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby; Holdthehelm, fifth last out in the Grade 3 Baldwin; Guppie's Secret, third to eventual San Felipe winner Medaglia D'Oro in a maiden race Feb. 9; and maiden winner Like a Hero.

Bay Monster finished second to Repent in a maiden race last September, and in two starts this year has won a 1 1/16-mile entry-level allowance and finished fourth in a division of the one-mile Southwest.

Wren said the distance of the Arkansas Derby should benefit Bay Monster. "I think he's a colt that wants a lot of ground," said the trainer, who has given the mount to Anthony Lovato.

Cella and Fires to be honored

Charles J. Cella, whose family has operated Oaklawn for almost 100 years, and Hall of Fame rider Earlie Fires, who was born in Arkansas, will be inducted into the Arkansas Walk of Fame on Tuesday. The ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. Central at the Wheatley Plaza in Hot Springs.

The Walk of Fame recognizes individuals with Arkansas ties who have made significant contributions to society. Others in racing who have been inducted are Pat Day, Bob Holthus, and Larry Snyder.

* Jockey Travis Hightower, who returned from a year layoff Thursday, registered his first winner of the meet in Friday's third race with Mirage's Gambo Bay ($16.60).