01/09/2014 2:48PM

Fair Grounds: Heitai has best Beyers, but is unproven on turf


The about 5 1/2-furlong distance of Saturday’s $60,000 Costa Rising Stakes is right for Heitai, a pure sprinter with blazing speed. And Heitai hardly could sport stronger recent form: His 18 3/4-length win Nov. 1 at Delta produced a Beyer Speed Figure of 106, while his seven-length dusting of the nearest pursuer last month in the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint came back a 104 Beyer. Those were two of the highest sprint Beyers anywhere in North America during 2013.