04/13/2005 11:00PM

Munificence has momentum

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She Sings drops for Saturday's Instant Racing at Oaklawn.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Munificence already looks strong in the $75,000 Northern Spur Breeders' Cup for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn Park. But he could look even better about an hour before the race if Greater Good wins the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby.

Munificence was second to Greater Good in the $100,000 Southwest Stakes two starts ago, and in his most recent start won the $50,000 Sportsman's Paradise at Delta Downs to run his career record to 4 for 5.

will vie for favoritism in the Northern Spur, one of two stakes supporting the Arkansas Derby. The $100,000 Instant Racing Breeders' Cup for 3-year-old fillies drew supplemental entry She Sings and is the first leg of a national bet, the Premier Pick 4.

The other races making up the bet are the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup and the Blue Grass, both at Keeneland, and the Arkansas Derby.

Munificence will break from the rail in the field of six in the Northern Spur, and the strategy for him will be simple.

"It all depends how much we can slow them down," said Calvin Borel, who has the mount on Munificence. "He's kind of a speed horse. It looks like he has to be close to the pace, or on the lead."

Borel, an excellent front-end rider, last rode Munificence in the Southwest, when he finished three-quarters of a length behind Greater Good.

"He just beat us," said Borel. "[Munificence] tries his heart out."

Following the Southwest, Greater Good won the Grade 3, $250,000 Rebel, making him a top choice for the Arkansas Derby.

Trainer Lynn Whiting will saddle Munificence for owner John Murrell, and with a good performance, the colt will be pointed for the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby.

will make his stakes debut in the Northern Spur following an 8 3/4-length win in a one-mile maiden race that ended at the sixteenth pole, as all one-mile races do at Oaklawn.

"He went on and finished," said Randy Morse, who trains Jonesboro. "I've always been very high on him. He's a real athletic horse. He does things real easy."

Jonesboro has good size and also a strong pedigree. He is from the mare Mom's Command, champion 3-year-old filly of 1985, and the dam of his sire, Sefapiano, is Sefa's Beauty.

Sefa's Beauty earned $1.1 million, with her biggest win coming at Oaklawn in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom in 1985.

"He's got the blood to be something," said Morse.

Pat Valenzuela, who is scheduled to ride Wild Desert in the Arkansas Derby, has the mount on Jonesboro for owner Michael Langford.

Others in the Northern Spur are Prince T., winner of the $100,000 Gentilly on turf at Fair Grounds; Jazzy Gallop, a two-time winner at Fair Grounds who was fifth in the Rebel; Copy My Notes, the workmate of Greater Good who was fourth in the Rebel; and Extra Exclusive, an impressive allowance winner.

She Sings in Instant Racing

She Sings, who in her last start was third to Sweet Catomine in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks, makes a meaningful class drop for the Instant Racing. She was a $3,000 supplement to the race and was also entered in the Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn, which was run Friday.

won the $75,000 Arizona Oaks by 10 lengths one start before the Santa Anita Oaks. She will break from the rail in the seven-horse field under Jamie Theriot.

"She's got natural speed," said Marcelo Polanco, who trains She Sings.

Others in the race include Tizzy Girl, winner of both of her career starts for trainer Steve Asmussen, and Kota, who was second to Runway Model two races ago in the Grade 2 Golden Rod.