09/30/2009 11:00PM

Ibboyee looks to have rivals topped


Ibboyee was much the best when he shipped into Finger Lakes nearly a month ago to dominate seven other 2-year-old New York-breds in the Aspirant and appears formidable again in Saturday's 47th running of the New York Breeders' Futurity there.

The six-furlong Futurity is worth $314,263, slightly less than last year's $318,525 version, which was the richest race ever at Finger Lakes.

Based at Saratoga with trainer Todd Pletcher, Ibboyee is 2 for 2 after coming from off the pace to take the six-furlong Aspirant by 6 1/4 lengths on Labor Day.

The second- and third-place finishers, Dahlgren Chapel and Persian Ruler, are back to take another shot at Ibboyee, as is Hook Me Up, a filly from the barn of Linda Rice.

Hook Me Up finished second at 3-2 in the Lady Finger on Labor Day, but the Beyer Speed Figure of 79 she earned for her maiden win at Saratoga nearly matches the 82 Ibboyee earned for winning the Aspirant, so she may be the most likely horse in the field to have a shot at beating the heavy favorite.

Eight fillies have won the Futurity when racing against males, most recently Mother's Sacrifice in 2003.

Dahlgren Chapel, third against open company two starts ago in the Tyro at Monmouth Park, was only a head off the lead at the stretch call of the Aspirant before Ibboyee blew past him in deep stretch. He is eligible to improve if jockey John Davila Jr. can work out a better trip than he did when having to go five wide turning for home in the Aspirant.

Persian Ruler defeated open company in his career debut and was part of the pace battle in the Aspirant, fading from first to third in the final furlong. He, too, has a license to improve making his second start against winners.

The remaining four runners - two first-time starters, a filly who exits a slowly run maiden event, and a colt whose lone victory came via disqualification in a maiden claiming event - appear overmatched.

Casanova Killer has top figure in Proud Puppy Handicap

Delaware Park shipper Casanova Killer brings the best recent Beyers into the supporting feature, the $50,000 Proud Puppy Handicap for fillies and mares going six furlongs.

Casanova Killer flashed speed before backing up badly last time out in the Grade 3 Endine. Two of her previous three Beyers - a 97 for winning the $100,000 Jenny Wade at Penn National and a 93 for her romp in a high-priced optional claimer - would easily be good enough to win in this spot.

The eight-horse field also includes Sweet Lorena, who returns to her home track, where she is 8 for 16 lifetime, after a series of good races on Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs.