10/05/2004 11:00PM

Dynever back in Jersey for BC prep

Dynever needs a good effort in Friday night's Meadowlands Cup.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dynever has shown flashes of brilliance in his career, posting a lifetime-best Beyer Figure of 116 for his rallying third in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

The springboard to that effort was a solid second behind Bowman's Band in last year's Grade 2, $500,000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes. Once again, Dynever, could be bound for the Breeders' Cup, depending on how he runs Friday night in The Meadowlands Cup.

This will be Dynever's first start since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap, where he finished only 2 1/4 lengths behind Peace Rules.

Based on his resume and experience over the track, Dynever, a 4-year-old colt trained by Christophe Clement, will likely wind up the betting favorite, but it doesn't pay to play favorites in The Meadowlands Cup.

Bowman's Band paid $26.60 in winning last year's renewal, continuing a long-running trend. The public choice has not won this race since Marquetry in 1993. Prominent beaten favorites since then include Volponi in 2002 and 2003, Vision and Verse in 1999 and 2000, and Concern in 1995.

Marquetry, trained by Bobby Frankel, also owns the largest winning margin in The Meadowlands Cup at eight lengths. Frankel and Ron McAnally hold the Cup training record with two wins each. Frankel is represented this year by Toccet.

The Meadowlands Cup hasn't gotten respect as a major Breeders' Cup prep despite a long history of success. Wild Again (1984), Alysheba (1988), and Volponi (2002) used The Meadowlands Cup as a springboard to victories in the Classic.

Hills has three on undercard

Tim Hills will be rooting for Scattering Breezes, Prep School, and Trueamericanspirit in the undercard stakes on Cup night, but he will not be at The Meadowlands. Hills, the leading trainer at Monmouth Park, will be watching the action via computer from his home in Florida.

The Meadowlands Cup card is overflowing with stakes. The track will offer a pair of $60,000 divisions of the My Frenchman and Paterson stakes, along with the $60,000 Bill Wheeler Handicap for New Jersey-breds.

Hills calls Scattering Breezes, who will run in the five-furlong My Frenchman on the turf, a "pleasant surprise this season." With five wins, this has been a breakthrough year for the 5-year-old.

"We always thought he had talent," Hills said. "We had never been able to keep him sound for a whole campaign."

Breathing problems and a chipped knee hampered Scattering Breezes' development.

"I'm real impressed with his maturity, physically and mentally," said Hills, who credits Larry Foggle for not losing faith in his homebred when the setbacks mounted.

The reward has been a horse on a roll, who has not been worse than third in his last six races while racking up three wins. He earned a career-best Beyer of 93 when he won an allowance race at Monmouth Park last time out.

Scattering Breezes drew post 11 in the My Frenchman's first division, the fourth race.

Patrol returns from a long layoff in the second division, the 10th race on the card. The 5-year-old also drops in class and shortens up in distance.

Patrol, trained by Bill Mott, last ran in a pair of Grade 2 handicaps during the 2003 Saratoga meet: the Bernard Baruch at 1 1/8 miles and the Fourstardave at 1 1/16 miles.

Trueamericanspirit on rebound

Trueamericanspirit is another Hills horse on the comeback from an injury. He runs in the Bill Wheeler, the ninth race, at one mile and 70 yards.

The 4-year-old was the dominant New Jersey-bred early in the Monmouth meet, with wins in the John J. Reilly and Lincroft handicaps, but he went off form in midsummer with a back injury.

"He went dead lame behind," Hills said. "We were scared he had broken something."

X-rays were negative, and Trueamericanspirit gradually responded to a regimen of chiropractic treatments and acupuncture.

Trueamericanspirit looked more like his old self last time out with a closing second in the Friendly Lover Handicap at Monmouth.

Several stakes winners in Paterson

The Paterson for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf attracted a solid group of stakes colts.

The first and strongest split, the sixth race, includes Frisky Spider, winner of the Restoration Stakes at Monmouth; Forest Grove, who won Monmouth's Ocean Place Stakes; and Catch the Glory, who ran third in the Grade 3 Saranac Handicap at Saratoga.

Hills has Prep School in the other division, the eighth race. Prep School won for a $100,000 claiming tag last time out at Belmont.