11/17/2007 12:00AM

Drums of Thunder on comeback trail

EmailMIAMI - Drums of Thunder, who hasn't run since June, worked four furlongs in 50 seconds for trainer Bill Kaplan here Saturday. The move was the third for the 3-year-old Drums of Thunder since he ran 10th, beaten less than five lengths, after disputing the pace in the Lord Juban Handicap on the grass here on June 23. That was his only start since being sidelined by a hind leg infection following his sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes in March.

Drums of Thunder won the What a Pleasure Stakes here in his 2-year-old finale, then finished second behind Nobiz Like Shobiz in Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes to open his 3-year-old campaign.

Kaplan said he's not certain when Drums of Thunder will run.

"He's had a bunch of little problems, but he's going well now, and if all goes well should be only a couple of works away from getting back to the races," Kaplan said Saturday. "And when he finally does get back I expect him to be even better than he was earlier this year."

O'Connell pair run one-two

After taking on division leader Wise Answer in the In Reality Stakes in their last start, Check It Twice and Sir Dave got a little class relief on Saturday. They responded by finishing first and second, respectively, in the $22,500 allowance feature. Check It Twice and Sir Dave are part of trainer Kathleen O'Connell's strong arsenal of juvenile prospects, which also includes recent runaway maiden winner Cigar Man.

Revved Up pointing for McKnight

Trainer Christophe Clement confirmed earlier this week that Revved Up will likely make his next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap going 1 1/2 miles on Dec. 15. Revved Up outlasted Soldier's Dancer by a nose to register his third straight victory in the Bonnie Heath Turf Handicap here last weekend.

"He came out of the Bonnie Heath in good order, and if he continues to do well I'll bring him back in the McKnight," said Clement.

Chavez posts double

On Saturday, Jorge Chavez posted his first two victories since switching his tack here earlier this week. Chavez, the 1988 Tropical jockey champion and runner-up in 2005, guided Miss Chairman to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's opener, then returned to win the fifth race aboard Civil Suit.

Chris DeCarlo also posted his first victory since returning to south Florida following the recent conclusion of the Meadowlands meet, getting Chagall up in the final strides to defeat longshot Mami Nena in Saturday's 10th race.