11/13/2007 12:00AM

He's Eze surprises trainer with upset

EmailMIAMI - The landscape in the local 2-year-old division changed dramatically Saturday in the 1:24.32 it took He's Eze to upset the Jack Price Juvenile Stakes.

He's Eze defeated a field that included reigning local 2-year-old kingpin Wise Answer along with the previously undefeated New York invader Smoke'n Coal. He's Eze's performance surprised most of the betting public - he paid $63.60 - as well as his trainer, Terry Oliver.

"He bled on me in the Foolish Pleasure, so he had an excuse that day, and he was training phenomenally ever since, but I'd be lying if I said I expected him to win this race," Oliver said while still savoring the unlikely victory Monday. "I knew he'd fire a big race, but how could anybody think he'd beat a horse like Wise Answer or the undefeated colt from New York?"

Oliver originally trained He's Eze for the Brylynn Farm, who bred the son of Silver Deputy in Ocala. But Brylynn sold the colt privately to a couple of Oliver's clients, Earl Silver and Michael Eiserman, after he was a beaten favorite in his second start.

"I thought all along he was this kind of horse," Oliver said. "But what I really felt was that he wanted to go long. I was actually eyeballing the What a Pleasure Stakes on Dec. 1, but he was doing so well I decided not to wait and put him in this stakes instead."

He's Eze received a 97 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory in the Jack Price, and Oliver said he's probably going to give him a little time to recuperate from the effort.

"We have a lot of options, including the What a Pleasure, but we'll just let the horse tell us how he's doing before deciding where we'll go next," Oliver said.

Dynhocracy comes through for Kaplan

Dynhocracy didn't win as comfortably or run as fast as He's Eze did for Oliver. But his narrow victory over Sr. Henry in the Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf Stakes was certainly equally as satisfying for trainer Bill Kaplan - especially after he'd just come out on the wrong end of a photo finish in the previous race, when Storm in May was narrowly beaten by Finallymadeit in the Jack Dudley Sprint.

"I was really praying Dynhocracy got the nod, because I couldn't take losing two nose decisions one after another like that," Kaplan said. "That would have been too much too take."

Dynhocracy was making his grass debut in the Arthur Appleton, and Kaplan wasn't sure what to expect from his improving youngster.

"He wants to go long, so I wasn't going to turn him back for the seven-furlong race," Kaplan said, referring to the Jack Price, "and the turf is what came up, so I tried it. To be honest, I wasn't sure how he'd handle it, although I was a little more confident after working him over the grass course earlier in the week."

'Crazyguy' comes up short

Kaplan's big afternoon nearly ended on an outstanding note when his Grade 1 veteran Imawildandcrazyguy finished a late-striding but slightly troubled second behind Electrify in the Carl G. Rose Classic.

"I think Imawildandcrazyguy might have won the race, but he kind of lost his momentum briefly when another horse came out in front of him while he was accelerating into the stretch," Kaplan said. "He's a big guy with a big, lumbering stride, and it takes him a little time to get back in gear once he's stopped like that. Take nothing away from Electrify, he ran a great race, and I don't know if I can beat him. I guess we'll have to wait until they meet again to find out."

Imawildandcrazyguy's next objective will be the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Handicap on Dec. 15, with his next major goal the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 26, a race trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. also has circled on his calendar for Electrify.

Annabil targeting Sunshine Millions

Another trainer looking ahead to the Sunshine Millions is Milt Wolfson after his rapidly improving Annabil posted a popular victory in Saturday's Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap. The win was the third in a row, all over different surfaces, for Annabil, a former claimer who was running in $16,000 starter allowance races here this summer.

"I can't believe how much better she's been since I stretched her out a few races back," Wolfson said. "Right now, my plan is to run her in the Grade 3 on the turf on Dec. 1 [My Charmer], bring her back on the dirt four weeks later in another Grade 3 [Stage Door Betty], and if all goes well, take her out to California for the Sunshine Millions Distaff the following month."

Electrify raises career-best Beyer

Electrify earned the highest Beyer Speed Figure on Florida Million Day, posting a career-best 103 for his win in the Carl G. Rose. Finallymadeit was awarded a 99 for his victory in the Jack Dudley, while both Revved Up and Soldier's Dancer, whose furious late charge fell a nose short of victory, earned 98 Beyers for their performances in the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup.

* Brother Bud, Doc N Bubba G, and Steelix figure to vie for favoritism in Thursday's $24,500 allowance feature. The 6 1/2-furlong dash for second-level allowance runners drew a field of seven.

* Gulfstream Park opened its stable area Monday morning, with Plesa the first trainer to ship horses onto the grounds. The 2008 Gulfstream meet opens Jan. 3.