03/28/2007 11:00PM

I Spy Wolfie back to sprinting


Stakes-winning sprinter I Spy Wolfie will cut back to one turn off a second-place finish going a mile when he runs in the $40,000 Fort Bend County at Sam Houston Race Park. He will also return to the Texas-bred ranks for the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds.

Also in the field is Banquo, who last month upset a division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston at 30-1.

I Spy Wolfie won the $20,000 Woodlands Juvenile in November, a sprint, and he is the lone one-turn stakes winner in the Fort Bend. In his most recent start, he rallied for second to wire-to-wire winner Speedway in the one-mile Texas Heritage at Sam Houston on March 3.

I Spy Wolfie could get a tracking trip behind three of his rivals who are stretching out from 5 1/2 furlongs. Alex Birzer has the mount for owner-trainer Charles Smith.

Banquo also will cut back to one turn for the Fort Bend. He closed from next-to-last for a

1 1/4-length win in the $125,000 Jim's Orbit, a one-mile division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, on Feb. 17. Trainer Steve Asmussen has given the mount to Jose Figueroa.

Others in the nine-horse field include Axel Pegasus, who is multiple stakes-placed around one turn, and Barnett Shale, a debut winner by Albert the Great and out of the stakes-winning mare Lydia Jane. Don Simington will ride Barnett Shale for trainer Danny Pish, while Iram Diego has the mount on Axel Pegasus for trainer Juan Rivera.