Updated on 09/16/2011 8:15AM

Marquette turns back to sprint

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MIAMI - Marquette should have enough speed to sit close to the pace and enough stamina to run down the tiring leaders when he turns back to five furlongs for Sunday's $40,000 Wayme Handicap on the turf.

Marquette has been a two-turn specialist throughout his career, but trainer Myra Mora may have found a good spot to shorten him up. Mora used similar tactics earlier this season with her multiple stakes winner Tour of the Cat, who has suddenly become the top older sprinter on the grounds after flourishing going a distance of ground earlier in his career.

Marquette, a 6-year-old son of Spectacular Bid, set the pace for nearly six furlongs before finishing a tiring eighth in the Grade 3 Miami Breeders' Cup Handicap at a mile on Sept. 2. Earlier this summer he upset the Kissin Kris Handicap and was fourth after setting the pace over the main track in the nine-furlong Americana Handicap. He registered the most important victory of his career during the summer of 1999, capturing Saratoga's Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Handicap.

Marquette figures to benefit from a hotly contested pace if trainer Ralph Ziadie decides to let Concorde's Appeal make his grass debut in the Wayme. If not, Sam's Concorde figures to stand some catching as he did four weeks ago when he defeated second-level optional claiming competition over the turf, going wire to wire.

Please Me Doc appears to be the stronger half of trainer Robert W. Leonard's entry. The other half is Phi Beta Doc. Please Me Doc rallied to a three-quarters of a length victory in his local debut in the Clint Essential Handicap, a race moved from the turf to the main track because of rain. The 4-year-old Please Me Doc is also a stakes winner on grass.

Mr. Pleasentfar back on track

Owner-trainer Raja Malek reports that his multiple stakes winner Mr. Pleasentfar is back in training after being given the summer off on the farm.

Mr. Pleasentfar won the Flying Pidgeon Handicap here last summer while being trained by Marty Wolfson.

"There was nothing wrong with him," said Malek. "I just wanted to give him a rest."

Malek said he might point Mr. Pleasentfar for the Grade 2 W. L. McKnight Handicap on Dec. 28.

Showmeitall shows something

Showmeitall, winner of the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes and second in the Grade 3 Spectacular Bid last winter, showed he will be a force to reckon with in the sprint division the remainder of the season after finishing second to the more seasoned Built Up in Friday's $36,000 allowance feature. The race marked the first time the 3-year-old Showmeitall had faced older horses.

Showmeitall set the early pace and continued on gamely after being headed by the winner in his first start since finishing a tiring ninth in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby March 17. Showmeitall is trained by Manny Tortora for the Take Five Stable.

For Built Up, the victory was his first in seven starts this year. He had finished second in a pair of stakes, narrowly defeated on both occasions by Tour of the Cat.

o Heavenly Miss worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 here Friday. The 2-year-old, who finished second in each of the first two legs of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, is among the leading candidates for next Saturday's $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes.

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