10/26/2006 11:00PM

Extended time off has revitalized Osidy

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Osidy had more disappointments than success in his U.S. career before he was given a vacation earlier this year.

Since returning from a five-month break, Osidy has run two of his best races, finishing second in the Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar and winning the restricted Blue Jay Way Stakes here on Oct. 1.

Sunday at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, Osidy will try to win his first graded stakes in 17 months in the $100,000 Morvich Handicap on the hillside turf course.

"I think he came back a little stronger than he was before," trainer Richard Mandella said. "He looks like he's matured. I think he's likes sprinting on the grass."

The winner of the Grade 3 Will Rogers Stakes in 2005, Osidy has drawn post 7 in a field of 11. He carries 118 pounds, one less than starting highweight Rebel Rebel, who is trained by Richard Dutrow Jr.

Rebel Rebel is making his second start of the year in California, having finished sixth in the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes in January. Since then, Rebel Rebel has been in the first three in four of his five starts, including a win in the Grade 3 Poker Handicap at Belmont Park in July.

Rebel Rebel finished second in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on Sept. 17, rallying from 12th in a field of 13 to finish a neck behind Becrux. Rebel Rebel is being considered for the Hong Kong Mile in December.

Rebel Rebel is best suited by a quick pace, while Osidy has proven to be adaptable. Osidy has won from off the pace in the past, but led throughout the Blue Jay Way Stakes.

The field also includes Captain Kurt, Jungle Prince, and Terroplane, who each ran in a graded stakes in his last start.

Captain Kurt, who was stakes-placed in New Zealand earlier this year, was ninth in the Woodbine Mile.

Jungle Prince was third in the 2005 Morvich Handicap. Trained by Juan Garcia, Jungle Prince won the Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise in March. In two starts this fall, Jungle Prince won the Governor's Cup Handicap at Fairplex Park and finished third in the Grade 1 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Stakes on Oct. 7.

Terroplane was fourth in the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap in April, his most recent start. He has yet to win a stakes.