05/03/2006 11:00PM

Last-out losers look the best in LaBelle


Five of the 3-year-old sprinters entered in Saturday's $75,000 Francis "Jock" LaBelle Memorial at Delaware Park come into the six-furlong stakes off a win. But it's a pair of colts who lost last time out who might be most dangerous.

Laptop Computer, second as the 4-5 favorite in the Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland, and Urban Guy, victimized by a poor break in the Hansel at Turfway Park, both appear formidable in the LaBelle.

Laptop Computer, from the barn of high-percentage New York-based trainer Richard Violette Jr., went into the $107,800 Lafayette off a decisive victory and a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 97 in a first-level allowance at Gulfstream Park. He set a fast, contested fraction of 44.56 seconds for a half-mile in the Lafayette on a day when speed horses did well, and was swallowed up in the stretch by Likely, who left Laptop Computer nine lengths behind in second.

Because there are several other confirmed front-runners in the LaBelle, Laptop Computer must again avoid getting used up in a fight for the lead.

Urban Guy, trained by Tim Ritchey, has the advantage of tactical speed and a 2-for-2 record at Delaware. He used stalking tactics to draw off to a 5 3/4-length victory, worth a Beyer Figure of 92, in the Mountain Valley at Oaklawn Park in February.

Last time out, Urban Guy bobbled at the start of the six-furlong Hansel and never threatened. If you toss that non-effort, he appears formidable.

The list of five last-out winners is led by City Dweller, a Christophe Clement-trained colt who comes off a wire-to-wire win and a 91 Beyer in the $109,000 Lost Code at Hawthorne.

Also in sharp form are Vikrant, who won his maiden over a wet-fast track at Delaware with a 94 Beyer; New York shipper Dontfearthe-

keeper, winner of a high-priced optional claimer a month ago; and recent first-level allowance winners Finally Satisfied and Lacewell.

Pimlico: 'Chris' out for third in row

Winless in his first seven career starts on dirt, Sir Classic Chris shoots for his third straight victory since he was switched to the turf in the $75,000 Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico.

Trained by King Leatherbury, Sir Classic Chris is the only two-time grass winner in the field of nine 3-year-olds. He defeated 13 rivals to win his maiden and came back to overcome a wide trip and a bumping incident to defeat 11 other first-level allowance runners.

Among those in the 1 1/16-mile Woodlawn who have previously raced on grass, the top contenders are Unbridled Behavior, beaten less than three lengths last time out in the Grade 3 Transylvania at Keeneland, and Independent George, an impressive wire-to-wire maiden winner three weeks ago for trainer Graham Motion.

Mountaineer: Lake entry formidable

Trainer Scott Lake will ship in the razor-sharp entry of Outcashem and The Student for Mountaineer's first stakes of the season, the $75,000 Panhandle Handicap at five furlongs.

Outcashem owns a 5-for-6 record in short sprints and has won all three of his starts this season, including a 13 1/4-length romp worth a career-best 113 Beyer last time out at Charles Town.

The Student has posted triple-digit Beyers in his last three races and comes out of a win in the six-furlong Hoover Stakes at Pimlico two weeks ago.

Six of Danieltown's 14 career victories have come at Mountaineer. He comes off a win in a five-furlong allowance sprint at Woodbine with a Beyer of 106. Danieltown, based in Kentucky with Bernie Flint, finished second in last year's Panhandle as the 4-5 favorite.

Yucatan merits respect dropping in class out of the Grade 3 Shakertown on turf. He is 3 for 4 at Mountaineer, including a seven-length score over Danieltown last November.

Charles Town: Two sharp mares clash

Miss Hamma, a two-time stakes winner last season, and Rain Song, who closed out last year by winning three consecutive races by a combined 25 1/4 lengths, head a field of 10 fillies and mares for the $50,000 West Virginia Distaff.

The 4 1/2-furlong race is the first stakes of the season at Charles Town.

Miss Hamma, now 7, tuned up for this race by winning a seven-furlong allowance on April 27 in her first start since November. Although she usually races in longer sprints, the last time Miss Hamma went 4 1/2 furlongs she overcame a poor start to draw off by 3 1/2 lengths in a stakes.

The 5-year-old Rain Song, based at Philadelphia Park with trainer Scott Lake, posted triple-digit Beyers in her two previous appearances at Charles Town. She will be making her first start since winning an optional claimer at Laurel in mid-November. This is her first appearance in a stakes.