07/09/2003 11:00PM

King Robyn goes home for Carry Back


MIAMI - Thomas Wolfe's old adage "You can't go home again" will be put to the test when King Robyn, once based at Calder, returns to his roots to face 10 other 3-year-olds in Saturday's $300,000 Carry Back Stakes.

King Robyn, a gelded son of Robyn Dancer, was sold privately by owner-breeder Michael Sherman to the Cornejo Racing Stable and turned over to trainer Jeff Mullins shortly after posting an easy seven-length victory under a $50,000 claiming tag here last December.

Since moving to the West Coast, King Robyn has won 4 of 6 starts including the San Pedro and Harry Henson stakes, the latter on turf. In his last outing, the versatile King Robyn withstood an early pace battle to draw off to a 2 1/2-length allowance win over the Hollywood Park turf course.

King Robyn drew the outside, post 11, for the Grade 3 Carry Back and is expected to be on the pace from the outset under regular rider Alex Solis. His stiffest competition could come from a fellow Californian, Roll Hennessy Roll, or a pair of New York invaders, Savoy Special and Halo Homewrecker.

Rounding out the lineup are Cajun Beat, Lawbook, Awesome of Course, Sweet Devil, Coach Jimi Lee, Super Fuse, and Valid Video.

Roll Hennessy Roll finished well behind King Robyn in the their two meetings, although both of those races were on turf. In his most recent main-track appearance, Roll Hennessy Roll finished second behind Posse in Keeneland's Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes.

Halo Homewrecker won Aqueduct's Bay Shore Stakes, a Grade 3 race, early this spring. He proved no match for Posse or Midas Eyes, among the premier sprinters in the 3-year-old division, in Belmont's Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup on June 7.

"I thought he ran well considering the competition in his last start," said trainer Mark Hennig, who trains Halo Homewrecker for owner-breeder Edward P. Evans. "I'm most concerned about how he handles the track."

Savoy Special has won his last two starts and will be making his stakes debut in the Carry Back.

"His last two races are very good, and the turn back from seven to six furlongs should be good for him," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "My main concern is how he handles the trip. He's not the best shipper."

Cajun Beat will be returning to south Florida after spending the last two months in Kentucky. Cajun Beat won his only previous start at Calder in December, as well as two races this winter at Gulfstream, including the Hallandale Beach Stakes.