09/08/2005 11:00PM

Drop could be just what Cin Cin needs


MIAMI - At 2, Cin Cin was rated near the top of the local class. That makes it all the more hard to believe that Cin Cin will be in search of his first victory as a 3-year-old Sunday, when he takes on five older rivals entered to go six furlongs in a $30,000 allowance feature at Calder.

Cin Cin has not won since he outgamed his stablemate D'court's Speed to capture the Foolish Pleasure Stakes here last October. That victory came on the heels of a five-length triumph in the seven-furlong Affirmed Stakes, in which he handed B.B. Best his only loss of the 2004 Florida Stallion series.

Following a seventh-place finish in the In Reality Stakes on Oct. 23, Cin Cin was sent to the farm so he could grow and mature. He did not return to the races again until June 19, when he dropped a neck decision to Dazzling Dr. Cevin in the Valid Video Stakes. Cin Cin earned a career-best 96 Beyer Speed Figure in the race, as well as a chance to take on the nation's premier 3-year-old sprinter, Lost in the Fog, in the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes on July 10. Cin Cin finished fourth in the Carry Back and fifth as the 4-5 favorite in the one-mile American Dreamer Stakes here last month. Trainer Bill White then decided to take advantage of Cin Cin's allowance conditions and give Cin Cin a little confidence booster in Sunday's main event.

The only 3-year-old in the field, Cin Cin will be facing older horses for the first time and is probably a better horse going seven furlongs, but he should be good enough to get the victory under regular rider Abdiel Toribio.

Cin Cin's main competition figures to come from Laughing Luke, who has hit the board in each of his last four starts at this level, and Anjiz Crypto, an Argentine-bred colt who earned a 100 Beyer when he beat much weaker allowance company three weeks ago.

Sanchez scores riding hat trick

Apprentice jockey Jeffrey Sanchez was the riding star here Thursday, posting a hat trick that included victories on longshots Lancette's Wager and Santaslittlehelper. Sanchez, who rides with a seven-pound allowance, began his big day with a tally aboard the odds-on Expedition Leader. The three wins gave Sanchez 16 wins for the meet.

Former Eclipse Award-winning apprentice Ariel Smith also had a good day Thursday, posting a riding double. Smith, who has shuttled between New York and south Florida for the last several years, captured the opener on No More Masters for trainer Herberto Toledo and returned in the eighth race with a wire to wire tally on Adreality for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.

* My Buddy Richie, who earlier this year put together a six-race win streak, posted his eighth victory of the 2005 campaign when he defeated conditioned claiming opposition Friday. A winner of 11 of his 22 career starts, My Buddy Richie was claimed out of the race by trainer Mike Catalano from Dan Hurtak for $25,000.