04/14/2009 11:00PM

Globetrotter sitting on a big effort


ARCADIA, Calif. - Globetrotter was a surprise second at 34-1 in an optional claimer over a mile on turf at Santa Anita on March 18. It will be no surprise if he wins a $56,000 allowance race over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Friday.

A graded stakes winner at 2 in Canada, Globetrotter is making his second start following a layoff of nearly 16 months, and his trainer, John Sadler, is encouraged.

"He should be very good," Sadler said. "We were happy with his first race."

Owned by Earle Mack, Globetrotter is part of a field of six in Friday's seventh race. With earnings of $201,554, his accomplishments greatly surpass those of his rivals.

Globetrotter earned most of that prize money with a head victory in the Grade 3 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes over 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-olds in October 2007. Then trained by Graham Motion, Globetrotter made one more start that year, finishing fourth in the Display Stakes at Woodbine.

Globetrotter was in training last spring before being sidelined. He returned to training last fall. In the March 18 race, Globetrotter rallied from fifth in a field of nine to lose by a length.

Friday's race will be the longest of his career.

"I think he'll have no problem with the distance," Sadler said. "He was running long as a 2-year-old at Woodbine."

The race appears to lack speed. Fiery Trippi, the winner of an optional claimer over 1 1/8 miles on the synthetic main track March 26, has set the pace in the past. Trained by Bruce Headley, Fiery Trippi is winless in two starts on turf.

Power Blitz could go favored. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Power Blitz won an allowance race over 1 1/4 miles on turf on March 8, closing from fourth and pulling away to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Temple City has won 2 of 4 starts, and was third in his last race, finishing behind Globetrotter on March 18. Trained by Carla Gaines, Temple City will be fitted with blinkers for the first time on Friday.

Lease on Life and Shore Do are the other entrants. Lease on Life won an allowance race over this course and distance in February.

Shore Do, third in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes in 2007, is winless in two starts since May.