05/28/2010 11:00PM

Johnie Bye Night makes comeback


Johnie Bye Night, who won three consecutive runnings of the George Barker Handicap earlier in his career but has been sidelined for more than 16 months, is set to attempt a comeback in Monday's 27th running of the $50,000 Barker for New York-bred sprinters at Finger Lakes.

Now 8, Johnie Bye Night has not raced since finishing last in a statebred stakes at Aqueduct in January 2009 while dealing with an unspecified hoof injury that required rest but no surgery. Owner-trainer Charlton Baker has prepped Johnie Bye Night with a series of workouts during the past month, culminated by a five-furlong bullet in 59.60 seconds on May 25.

During a 23-race career, Johnie Bye Night has won five stakes at Finger Lakes, including the Barker in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Johnie Bye Night will race separate from Baker's coupled entry of Pro's Pal and Who Needs to Know. Pro's Pal is the stronger part of the entry and steps up to stakes company after winning back-to-back races to launch his 2010 campaign.

Trainer Todd Pletcher ships in the morning-line favorite, Driven by Success, a 5-year-old who was good enough to finish third in the Grade 3 Toboggan in March and third in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap a year ago. The last time he faced New York-breds, Driven by Success won the Hudson at Belmont with a 101 Beyer Speed Figure.

The field of 12 also includes last year's Barker winner, Mr. Windjammer, who owns an 8-for-16 record at Finger Lakes. He is 0 for 4 this season but finished fast to get second going five furlongs in his first local start of the year a month ago.