12/08/2005 12:00AM

High Blitz faces fellow record holder


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Track-record holders High Blitz and Sophia's Prince will clash at six furlongs in the $140,125 Kennedy Road Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine.

Owned by Stronach Stable, High Blitz has blossomed into one of the country's finest sprinters this year under the guidance of trainer Justin Nixon. High Blitz broke Fort Erie's six-furlong track record in his season debut in June and went on to finish second here in the Bold Venture Handicap.

High Blitz earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure when he won the allowance prep for the Kennedy Road, in which he ran six furlongs in 1:09.08.

Nixon said he believes High Blitz has matured into a consummate professional this season.

"He's figured the racing game out this year," Nixon said. "He was green and inexperienced before, and it took him a little while to really focus in his races. His last start was really his best. When he takes the lead after a half in 44, he usually doesn't finish, but he finished real strong last time."

Nixon said High Blitz had a less than ideal trip when fourth in the Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap in August.

"He didn't break very well, and then made a decent middle move up to the three leaders," Nixon said. "He was pinned in behind them, and lost some momentum."

Nixon said he was content with High Blitz's half-mile breeze in 51 seconds last Saturday.

"I thought it was good for that track," Nixon said. "It was deep and cuppy."

Sophia's Prince, victorious in 3 of 5 starts this year for trainer John LeBlanc Jr., broke Woodbine's 6 1/2-furlong track record when he romped in the Shepperton Stakes in August.

Sophia's Prince faded to seventh after stalking the eventual winner, Leroidesanimaux, in the Grade 1 Atto Mile, his lone subpar showing of the meeting. LeBlanc said Sophia's Prince flipped his palate at the top of the stretch in the race, costing him a chance at a top-three placing.

Ridden by Simon Husbands, Sophia's Prince raced wide throughout before ending up second most recently in the Grade 2 Nearctic Handicap, a six-furlong race in which he was beaten a neck by Steel Light. LeBlanc said a troubled trip may have cost Sophia's Prince the win.

"Going down the backside, a couple of outside horses came in on him," he said. "[Husbands] actually had to sit down on him and snatch him back. It definitely cost him a few lengths."

Belmont invader Bishop Court Hill, trained by Todd Pletcher, is also in the 10-horse field.