07/12/2006 11:00PM

New York Derby next step to bonus for Ferocious Won


Ferocious Won will try to stay alive for a $250,000 bonus, and Fire One Up will try to accomplish what his big brother failed to do in Saturday's 34th running of the New York Derby at Finger Lakes.

By winning the seven-furlong Mike Lee at Belmont Park three weeks ago, Ferocious Won set himself up for a quarter-million-dollar payday if he can capture the 1 1/16-mile, $150,000 New York Derby and the 1 1/8-mile Albany Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 23 to complete an unprecedented sweep of the Big Apple Triple for 3-year-old New York-breds.

Trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., Ferocious Won is one of only four runners in the nine-horse New York Derby field to have won at 1 1/16 miles. He is the 8-5 favorite on the track's morning line.

Fire One Up, the 3-1 second choice, will go beyond a mile and around two turns for the first time after finishing three-quarters of a length behind Ferocious Won in the Mike Lee.

As a son of Saint Ballado out of the mare Astarte, Fire One Up is a full brother to 1999 foal Lord Ofthe Thunder, who won 6 of 17 dirt routes and $272,939, including the nine-furlong Kings Point Handicap as a 4-year-old. In the 2002 New York Derby, however, Lord Ofthe Thunder finished a distant fifth.

Three others have run Beyer Speed Figures in the mid- to upper-80's, which could be good enough to knock off the two favorites. They are Shuffling Maddnes, a deep closer who will be making his stakes debut; three-time winner Indian Hawke; and He's a Lumberjack, who is 1 for 11, but has run well in his two starts against statebreds.

* Johnie Bye Night, who has won his last two starts by a combined margin of 11 1/2 lengths with back-to-back Beyers of 100, will face just four rivals when he cuts back from 1 1/8 miles to six furlongs for the $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Handicap.

Charles Town: Top two in season debut

Original Gold, a stakes winner on West Virginia Breeders Classics Night each of the past two seasons, and defending champion Carnival Chrome both return from a long layoff in the $50,000 Sadie Hawkins Handicap at Charles Town.

The seven-furlong stakes, restricted to West Virginia-bred fillies and mares, drew just six entries.

Original Gold, who won the $225,000 Cavada in 2004 and 2005, will be making her first start since November. Original Gold finished fourth in last year's Sadie Hawkins.

As a 3-year-old last season, Carnival Chrome won 4 of 5 starts, including a two-length score in the Sadie Hawkins as the 6-5 favorite. She has been idle since sustaining her only career loss in the West Virginia Division of Tourism BC over a sloppy track last October.