05/25/2010 11:00PM

Hamazing Destiny finds softer spot


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The first and only time he raced on a Friday at Churchill Downs, Hamazing Destiny was amazing. The Salt Lake colt freaked with a 107 Beyer Speed Figure, winning a first-level allowance in what has become the benchmark performance of his 11-race career.

Since that breakout triumph last fall at Churchill, Hamazing Destiny has had something of a letdown in three subsequent races, although it's not all that difficult to grant him viable excuses. Two of those races came on wet tracks against rugged stakes company, while the other came when he was away poorly in a March allowance at Oaklawn Park.

By Friday evening, however, D. Wayne Lukas surely would like to see an end to the excuses. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Hamazing Destiny for his first start since an eighth-place finish in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs when the 4-year-old colt drops back into the allowance ranks in the featured event on an 11-race twilight program.

Hamazing Destiny, owned by Westrock Stables and Barry Butzow, will face six other older horses and will be ridden by Miguel Mena when breaking from post 6 in the Friday feature, a $52,500, second-level allowance that goes at 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

Hamazing Destiny was purchased privately after earning a 94 Beyer in winning his career debut at Oaklawn in February 2009. He has been alternately brilliant and disappointing, with his Nov. 13 victory here marking an obvious high point.

Several opponents appear capable of denying Hamazing Destiny a return to the winner's circle, most notably Belo Sorte, winner of a first-level allowance here May 7 as an odds-on favorite. Trainer Dale Romans said the colt "has just really gotten good" since returning to action in February at Gulfstream Park following a layoff of more than a year.

A Diehl and Captain Cherokee, both making their seasonal debuts, also rate consideration Friday after working sharply toward their respective returns. Shore Do, Lightning Road, and Jardim round out the cast.