09/09/2005 11:00PM

Global Trader debuts for Spawr


Global Trader returns from his summer vacation in Monday's $60,000 Derby Trial at Fairplex Park. The Derby Trial, run at 1 1/16 miles around three turns, is a prep for the $100,000 Pomona Derby, run at the about distance of 1 1/8 miles at Fairplex on Sept. 24.

The Derby Trial will be Global Trader's first outing since he captured a preliminary allowance from gate to wire over the Calder turf course in May, and it will also be his first start outside the state of Florida.

A 3-year-old son of Slew Gin Fizz, Global Trader was recently acquired privately by Sid and Jenny Craig, and he will make his first start for trainer Bill Spawr, who excels with new acquisitions first time out.

Third in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby in March behind recent Pennsylvania Derby winner Sun King, Global Trader has been very sharp in his recent morning drills, and he draws the rail for his California debut. He'll get the services of Fairplex's all-time leading rider, Martin Pedroza.

Global Trader's main competition figures to come from several horses who have recently changed barns via the claim box at Del Mar. Seapoint, who has lost each of his last three outings by tiny margins, makes his second start under the care of trainer Mike Mitchell. Like Global Trader, Seapoint has been working well and will switch from turf to dirt for the Derby Trial. Omar Figueroa gets the call on Seapoint.

Take a Chance will make his debut for the Nick Hines barn after breaking through with two sharp scores against claimers at Del Mar. His tactical speed should allow jockey Felipe Martinez to gain good position early.

Dark Indulgence didn't show much when he returned to the main track in his first try off the claim for trainer Doug O'Neill, but he did chase a very quick pace. Dark Indulgence should improve with the rider switch to Patrick Valenzuela.

Tipton, who was also claimed last time out, Top This and That, King Mobay, and Chummin round out the field.