Updated on 09/16/2011 6:43AM

Goodbar faces old foe again


EAST BOSTON, Mass. - Goodbar, New England's champion sprinter of 2001, will make his first start of the year in Saturday's $30,000 Private Terms Stakes at Suffolk Downs. The six-furlong Private Terms drew a field of nine older horses.

Goodbar, who is owned by Robert Gonsalves, will break from the post 4 under 119 pounds, including Josiah Hampshire Jr.. He seeks to avenge a second-place finish behind First Shot in his final start of last year.

First Shot drew the rail for the Private Terms. The 5-year-old First Shot is owned by Tolland Farms and will carry top weight of 124 pounds. He will be ridden by apprentice Helena Keaveney.

Goodbar, a 7-year-old gelding, has been raced sparingly by Gonsalves, who also is the horse's trainer. He comes into the Private Terms with just 16 prior starts, but seven of those races were victories, including four wins at Suffolk. He won 3 of the 5 starts he made last year, which matched his performance in 2000.

Goodbar earned year-end honors after he defeated First Shot in Rockingham's Manchester Handicap in September, then followed six weeks later with a clear win in the Topsider Stakes here over Private Terms hopeful Flex Jet.

Goodbar prefers to come from off the pace and the amount of speed horses in Saturday's field should ensure a lively pace for him. He hasn't been out since he ran out of ground when second to First Shot in an allowance decided over a speed-favoring sloppy track in December.

First Shot couldn't carry his speed around two turns in his final start of 2001, but he did score in three of his four previous starts while facing much the same company he will meet Saturday. First Shot has been sharpening his speed in the mornings, which gives an indication of trainer Herman Kinchen's game plan.

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First Shot will have plenty of company up front, including Yasou a Team, a winner of five of his last six starts who makes his stakes debut. A 4-year-old owned and trained by Charlie Assimakopoulos, Yasou a Team hasn't been headed in his last four wins.

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