06/18/2009 11:00PM

Grand Cash going for two in a row


MIAMI - Grand Cash will have less distance but likely more pace to work with when he tries to duplicate last month's last-to-first triumph in the Lord Juban Stakes in Sunday's $55,000 Donthelumbertrader for 3-year-olds on the grass.

Grand Cash rallied from last off the uncontested pace of Cinnamon Road to register a half-length victory in the one-mile Lord Juban, a race conducted over yielding ground. Cinnamon Road also is among the nine 3-year-olds entered for the 7 1/2-furlong Donthelumbertrader, but he figures to have a little more company on the front end Sunday if the speedy Bidham runs. Bidham, a multiple stakes-placed sprinter on dirt, has never raced on the turf.

Grand Cash was piloted to victory in the Lord Juban by leading rider Manoel Cruz. But Cruz has given up the mount to honor his regular commitment aboard Livingston Street. As a result, trainer Dave Vivian has reached out for Ariel Smith to ride Grand Cash for the first time.

The versatile Livingston Street currently sports a three-race winning streak, each of those victories having come with Cruz aboard. Like Grand Cash, Livingston Street does his best running from off the pace and at distances beyond 7 1/2 furlongs, so he also will be looking for some help upfront with the speedy Cinnamon Road.

Livingston Street began his current streak with a pair of come-from-behind victories at 1 1/16 miles on the grass. The son of Mr. Livingston moved to a sloppy main track for his most recent start and adapted nicely, rallying from a dozen lengths off the lead midway through the mile-and-70-yard Ride the Rails overnight stakes on his way to a three-quarter-length decision over Powerchord.

"It's a real tough race, tougher than the last one," said Bill Kaplan, who trains Livingston Street. Cinnamon Road "has been running some unbelievable fractions. My horse is not used to that, and I don't know how he's going to react to that kind of pace. I have to give a lot of credit for the success we've had with this horse to the gate crew. His entire problem prior to the win streak was because he was so unsettled at the gate. We've spent a lot of time there with him, and [starter] Jeff [Powell] and his crew did a super job with this horse. They changed his whole attitude around."

Misty Oak, who finished third when unable to match strides with Grand Cash through the final furlong of the Lord Juban, is one of two horses leading trainer Marty Wolfson has entered in the Donthelumbertrader. Recent maiden winner Waltzing With Blue is the other. The pair will race uncoupled in the wagering.

Swingman and Pound Foolish complete the lineup.

Stakes next for Temo's Dream

Kaplan is planning on trying his much improved Temo's Dream in stakes company next, following the 3-year-old's 8 1/4-length allowance win here last Sunday. Temo's Dream, a gelded son of Pure Precision, earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory, despite swerving in and out while well clear in late stretch.

"He tends to shy from things, which is what happened at midstretch the other day," Kaplan said. "That probably cost him another couple of lengths. He might have run a 100 Beyer if he had kept a straight course."

* Miss Delite stepped to the head of the local 2-year-old filly division after rallying to a convincing victory over longshot Get Your Shine On in Friday's featured ninth race. The entry-level allowance dash serves as a prep for the J J's Dream Stakes on July 11. Lujis Arango rode the undefeated Miss Delite, a daughter of Exchange Rate, for trainer Pablo Andrade.