10/11/2006 11:00PM

Moores Bridge proven off bench


A year ago, Moores Bridge came back after many months off the bench in a six-furlong race here at Turf Paradise. With Glenn Corbett in the saddle, he dueled for the lead and drew off for a handy win. Well, Moores Bridge is looking for a little deja vu as he returns off a layoff in Saturday's $40,000 Caballos del Sol Handicap.

This will be a much tougher test than his victory here last year, which came in an optional claimer. This time he faces eight other talented sprinters in a stakes over six furlongs.

Moores Bridge, owned by Dennis Weir and making his first start for trainer Dan McFarlane, has plenty going for him. Not only is he proven off the bench, but all five of his wins have come on this track. Moores Bridge hasn't run since finishing second in the Grand Canyon Handicap here April 29, when he chased Komax and beat King Justin and many of the best Arizona-bred sprinters around.

He worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.40 here Oct. 2. Corbett, who is 2 for 2 with Moores Bridge, rides at 114 pounds.

Point Dume and Bay Town Boy share 120-pound highweight assignments. Point Dume was last seen finishing third, beaten 11 lengths, in a stakes at Yavapai Downs Sept. 5, but that was his first start in nearly four months. Trained by Keith Bennett, he has won three times here, all stakes. Last year's local leading apprentice Chris Landeros rides.

Bay Town Boy has won on the dirt and turf in Southern California, and he comes here for his first Turf Paradise start off a game win in the Sandia Handicap at Albuquerque Sept. 16. Trained by Bart Hone the 8-year-old Bay Town Boy has raced only 11 times with 4 victories.

He worked sharply here Oct. 5. Scott Stevens rides.

California shippers Beau and Barron H also are entered, as is the 7-year-old Flying Supercon, among this circuit's top sprinters the past couple seasons.