11/08/2008 1:00AM

Extra distance should help Tenmor


Tenmor will try to make it three in a row when he takes on five other Indiana-bred 2-year-olds in the $100,000 Indiana Futurity on Sunday at Hoosier Park.

Trained by Mike Lauer, Tenmor won a maiden race Sept. 29 in a statebred contest by 2 1/2 lengths. The gelded son of Tenpins then came back to win the $100,000 Hillsdale on Oct. 12. Jockey Tommy Pompell had Tenmor next to last in the early going of that 5 1/2-furlong event before setting him down in the stretch to get up by a neck. The added half-furlong of the six-furlong Futurity should work to his advantage. Pompell retains the mount.

Unbridled Asset has a similar running style to Tenmor and also comes into the Futurity off a win. Unbridled Asset won a maiden race locally by three lengths after trailing the field early. That race was at six furlongs over a sloppy track and gives him the highest Beyer in the field at the distance, a 52. Julio Felix has ridden Unbridled Asset in both his starts and will be back aboard Sunday.

The early pace in the Futurity will be contested by Geordie and Topper Time. Geordie dueled for the lead in the Hillsdale, setting a blistering opening quarter of 21.20 seconds. He faded to third but jockey Rafael Hernandez should not have to use him as hard early and will likely try to harness his speed.

Topper Time appears to be the only other early speed in the race and will be ridden by Leandro Goncalves.