07/25/2001 11:00PM

Familiar turf foes hook up again


MIAMI - Saturday's $50,000 Roman Brother Stakes at Calder will have a familiar look to it when Built Up and Tv Sports Director, the leaders of the local 3-year-old turf division, match strides again in the 1 1/16-mile restricted stakes. The race is carded for horses who were kept eligible for Calder's 2000 Florida Stallion series.

Built Up and Tv Sports Director finished first and second in the Simply Majestic Stakes here on June 2 and will again be joined in the starting lineup by Creek's Shore and Sword Chief, who were fourth and fifth in that race.

Built Up rallied to an impressive 3 1/4-length victory over Tv Sports Director while making both his turf and two-turn debut in the Simply Majestic. He proved his versatility by returning to the main track and turning back to seven furlongs to defeat older horses in an overnight handicap earlier this month.

"He's a good horse," said Rick Alonso, who trains Built Up for owner Raymond Susi. "He can run any distance on any surface. I ran him in the seven-eighths race because it was time for him to run and he was eligible, although I think he's going to be a top turf horse."

Tv Sports Director rebounded from his setback at the hands of Built Up in the Simply Majestic with a pair of easy allowance wins, both at the expense of Creek's Shore.

Tv Sports Director, who is owned by Ann Lagrose and trained by Reed Combest, has won four times on grass while never worse than third in seven career starts on the turf.

The late-striding Creek's Shore will obviously have his hands full with old nemesis Built Up and Tv Sports Director, although he seldom fails to turn in a good effort on the turf.

Five of the 10 3-year-olds entered in the Roman Brother have never won on grass, but with sudden downpours a familiar occurrence around here during the summer there is always a better than average chance the race could wind up on the main track. That scenario would obviously enhance the chances of Radical Riley, who is already a two-time graded stakes winner on dirt.

Radical Riley is also entered against older horses in the the Amos Handicap, an overnight race which drew a field of nine, including American Halo, Steady Sammy, Dancing Guy, and I Love Chicago.

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