09/04/2010 11:29AM

Familiar rivals face off in Columbus stakes


Tenth Power and The Nutz meet for the fourth time this summer when they headline a field of seven in the Labor Day Stakes at Columbus on Monday afternoon.
Tenth Power has won the last two meetings with The Nutz, scoring by three-quarters of a length in the $50,000 Omaha Stakes at Horsemen’s Park on July 25 and most recently winning by 1 3/4 lengths in an allowance prep for this race here on Aug. 21. Tenth Power has won eight races this year and is tied for second nationally with three other horses for the most wins this year.
Trainer Milton Gaede has enjoyed a great campaign with Tenth Power this year. A 4-year-old gelding by Ten Most Wanted, Tenth Power started his campaign at Fonner Park, winning a nonwinners-of-three $5,000 claiming race. He won six straight to start out the year before finishing third in an optional claiming race at Prairie Meadows in June.
WIth an 8-1-2 mark from 12 starts this year, Tenth Power should be the favorite in this 6 1/2-furlong race. Apprentice Ashley Dill, who gained the lead in the rider standings with a three-bagger on Friday night, will again be aboard.
The Nutz appeared to have dead aim at Tenth Power in their allowance meeting last out. He drew even with Tenth Power hitting the furlong marker but could not match strides in the closing sixteenth.
The Nutz won the Budweiser Tondi Stakes at Fonner Park in his seasonal bow and has been rounding back to top form after a pair of disappointing starts in the Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes in late April and the HBPA Stakes at Lincoln in July. Jordan Olesiak has the return mount.