11/13/2006 1:00AM

Minefield spectacular in 2nd start


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After a 2-year-old named Minefield won a Churchill Downs maiden race by 8o1/2 lengths on May 14, there was plenty of speculation about how the colt could be the next star in the Todd Pletcher barn.

But sore shins and a subsequent illness precluded the Silver Deputy colt from making his second start - until Saturday, when he merely looped all six of his rivals after trailing early to register an impressive, 3 3/4-length triumph in a seven-furlong entry-level allowance at Churchill.

"I can't say it was any big surprise for us," said Michael McCarthy, the Churchill-based assistant to Pletcher. "But I do think for a horse to run back like that is fairly significant."

After his dazzling debut, Minefield, owned by Starlight Stable and Donald Lucarelli, had been penciled in for the July 8 Bashford Manor - which ultimately was won by another Pletcher 2-year-old, Circular Quay. McCarthy said the delays in getting Minefield back to the races had been "a little frustrating," but after the Saturday victory, it seems apparent the colt is on the threshold of becoming a player in the upper echelons of the 2-year-old class.

McCarthy said he was unsure whether Minefield would move with him and some of the other Pletcher runners to Hollywood Park following the conclusion of the Churchill fall meet on Nov. 25. The other logical option is for the colt to join up with Pletcher at Palm Meadows in south Florida.

Amid hot streak, Borel is shut out

Something of a rarity occurred here Sunday when Calvin Borel was shut out. Borel, who has had an extremely hot hand so far at the Churchill fall meet, continues to hold a comfortable lead atop the jockey standings with 21 wins, including three on the Saturday card. Shaun Bridgmohan, who had two winners Sunday, is second with 13 wins.

Two other veteran jockeys enjoyed three-win days over the weekend: Brice Blanc, who had been winless on the meet, counted a last-gasp upset on Arbuckle Bandit in the Commonwealth Turf among his three Saturday victories, while Corey Lanerie was aboard a trio of winners Sunday.

In other jockey news, Eddie Castro entered the Wednesday card needing just one more winner to hit the 1,000-win milestone. Castro got No. 999 aboard Quaderna for trainer Bill Mott in the sixth race Sunday.

Saturday's Revere taking shape

Churchill racing officials are expecting a sizable and highly competitive field of 3-year-old fillies for the weekend highlight, the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes on Saturday.

Likely for the $150,000 Mrs. Revere are Meribel, winner of the Valley View last month at Keeneland; Brownie Points, whose four wins on grass include the $200,000 DeBartolo Oaks; Gasia, winner of the Susan's Girl at Delaware; and Precious Kitten, who would be making her first start for trainer Bobby Frankel after recently being moved out of the Dale Romans barn.

Other probables for the 1 1/16-mile turf race include May Night, Bridge Game, My Chicadee, Scarlett's Pride, and at least one of several nominees from the Pletcher stable.

Like brother, like sister

A 2-year-old half-sister to 3-year-old standout Bright One won for the first time Sunday. Susies Gal, by Alphabet Soup out of Twinkle, rallied to win the third race, a maiden-special-weight route, which was her second career start.

"Pretty nice family, huh?" asked Mike Bruder, who bred and owns Bright One and Susies Gal in partnerships.

Susies Gal and Bright One are both trained by Romans. Bright One won a Nov. 2 allowance in preparation for the Nov. 24 Clark Handicap.

o Trainer Steve Flint and his main clients, the Klein family, have made the best of limited opportunities at this meet, each winning with 6 of 10 starters. The latest win came Sunday when True Course captured the eighth race at an $18.20 mutuel. The Kleins - Bert, Elaine, and Richard - lead the owner standings into Wednesday action.

* Summerly, the 2005 Kentucky Oaks winner, sharpened for what figures to be her career finale, the Nov.o23 Falls City Handicap, breezing six furlongs Sunday at Churchill in 1:15.