10/12/2005 11:00PM

Mott, Hennig saddle derby's top two choices


MIAMI - Trainers Bill Mott and Mark Hennig have won the last two runnings of the $200,000 , and they will attempt to continue their recent success in the race here Saturday, sending out the likely favorites, Grand Reserve and Tadreeb, in the 1 1/8-mile Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds.

Mott, who won the 2003 Calder Derby with Stroll, will send out Grand Reserve, while Hennig hopes he can duplicate Eddington's 2004 Calder Derby success with Tadreeb.

The Calder Derby and Calder Oaks are the only two turf races among the eight stakes on Saturday's Festival of the Sun card.

Grand Reserve beat Fishy Advice by a neck with Tadreeb finishing another 1 3/4 lengths back in third in Belmont Park's restricted Subordination Stakes on Sept. 23. A homebred son of Theatrical owned by Diane and Bertram Firestone, Grand Reserve overcame trouble at the start and a three-wide trip to outgame the pace-setting Fishy Advice in a stretch-long duel.

The win was the second in a row for Grand Reserve, who began his career here last December by finishing a fast-closing third behind the more experienced Lord Robyn despite a very poor start in a first-level allowance race. Jerry Bailey, who has been aboard Grand Reserve for both wins, will ride him again in the Calder Derby.

Tadreeb had little excuse in the Subordination, finishing evenly after racing within easy striking distance from the outset. Like Grand Reserve a son of the world-class grass sire Theatrical, Tadreeb ranked among the top 3-year-old grass horses in south Florida last winter after finishing second in both the Dave Feldman and Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes, but he has only a second-level allowance win to show for four subsequent starts.

The local contingent will be led by archrivals Dream On Dream On and Lord Robyn, who have already met three times this season. Dream On Dream On has come out on top in two of those encounters, registering wire-to-wire victories in both the Simply Majestic and Needles Stakes. Lord Robyn countered by rallying to an impressive 3 3/4-length triumph in the Donthelumbertrader. He also won the Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby by 4 1/2-lengths here New Year's Day.

Other key contenders in the Calder Derby include Looks Good Junic, Talented Prince, Scalator, and Gold Success.

Calder Oaks: Mott, Bailey, and My Typhoon

Mott and Bailey look even tougher to beat in the $200,000 Calder Oaks, with the Irish bred My Typhoon. A daughter of Giant's Causeway, My Typhoon is far and away the class of the Oaks field, coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Stakes. That effort came on the heels of a game second-place finish following a race-long pace duel in the Grade 2 Lake Placid. She also won Colonial Downs's Virginia Oaks and Pimlico's Hilltop Breeders' Cup stakes earlier this year.

returned from a five-month layoff to score a convincing three-length victory in the Judy's Red Shoes Stakes on Sept. 24.

, who has held her form all meet long over both dirt and turf, will try to avenge her three-length loss to Aclassysassylassy in the Judy's Red Shoes while in receipt of a five-pound weight shift in her favor. Ragtime Hope has finished no worse than second in her last seven starts.

Conveyor's Angel has shipped from Southern California for the Oaks. The hard-luck filly has been narrowly beaten in each of her last two starts, but won a stakes earlier this year on grass at Golden Gate.