10/16/2009 12:00AM

Heza Wild Guy seeking repeat


Heza Wild Guy returns to Hoosier Park on Sunday in an attempt to win the $70,000 To Much Coffee for the second straight year.

Trained by Bernell Rhone, Heza Wild Guy has faced Indiana-bred company only once this season, shipping in to win The A.J. Foyt at Indiana Downs on July 7, his most recent victory. The 8-year-old has been campaigned at Tampa Bay, Canterbury Park, and most recently at Remington Park.

Although Heza Wild Guy has run exclusively on turf this season, that is the same angle that Rhone took with his charge in 2008, when he won the 1 1/16-mile event over a sloppy track by a length.

Heza Wild Guy has started twice since winning the Foyt. He ran in the John Bullit at Canterbury on Aug. 9, when he had trouble at the start and then really didn't run his race, finishing seventh. In his most recent start at Remington Park, he ran third in the 1 1/8-mile DeBartolo Memorial after setting the pace to upper stretch. Tommy Pompell, who piloted Heza Wild Guy to victory in both of his last two Indiana-bred races, will ride.

Unreachable Star comes into the To Much Coffee off a local win Oct. 3. He was kept off a lively early pace to rally in the stretch and win by 2 1/2 lengths in a statebred allowance event. He looks to have rounded into form for trainer Tim Glyshaw, sporting four wins and not finishing worse than third in all but one of seven attempts this season. Orlando Mojica will ride.