10/24/2001 11:00PM

Hoosier Park


Anderson, Ind.- The biggest obstacle between Red's Honor and a third straight stakes victory may be distance when the speedy 3-year-old heads a field of eight entered for Saturday's $40,000-added Benjamin Harrison Stakes at Hoosier Park.

A winner of six races from 12 starts, Red's Honor will stretch out to 1 1/16 miles off six days' rest. Last Sunday he defeated older statebreds with ease in the six-furlong Brickyard Stakes in a rapid 1:09.53. Before that he was a romping six-length winner of the Fort Wayne Stakes, also at six furlongs, over a surface labeled good.

Trained by Dale Romans for the McKee Stables, Red's Honor has never been beyond seven furlongs. That start was an ambitious attempt in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge Stakes at Belmont, where he was a nonthreatening fifth. Justin Vitek will once again ride, and the duo breaks from post 5.

Gravano has been idle since finishing third to Red's Honor in the Fort Wayne. A late-running son of Pioneering, Gravano will also make his first try at a distance of ground but should be willing to rate off the early pace. Jamie Theriot has the ride for trainer Stanley Roberts from post 4.