10/24/2007 11:00PM

No nemesis for Bwana Bull in Pegasus

EmailOCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was happy to hear that Zanjero was not entered in Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. Zanjero has been a nemesis of sorts for Hollendorfer's 3-year-old Bwana Bull, defeating him in the West Virginia Derby and Indiana Derby and also finishing ahead of him in the Kentucky Derby and Pennsylvania Derby.

"If we hadn't met Zanjero, we would be a millionaire," Hollendorfer said.

Bwana Bull is just one of two graded stakes winners entered in the Pegasus, a 1 1/8-mile race restricted to 3-year-olds that kicks off the festivities on Saturday's Breeders' Cup Day card. Post time is 11 a.m. Eastern.

There are still obstacles for Bwana Bull and jockey Rafael Bejarano to overcome in the seven-horse field. The off-the-pace runner is drawn on the outside over a typically inside-speed-favoring main track. While the course could be wet, Bwana Bull won the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields over a "good" track in January.

"We wanted to come out there and run in this race," Hollendorfer said from Northern California. "We were figuring we could get another good race into him and we might freshen up and let him rest up a little bit."

Slew's Tizzy is the other graded stakes winner in the field, having taken the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby in the slop. He has been competitive in just 1 of 4 starts since, however, that being a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby.

Get Serious, a locally based horse, adds blinkers for trainer Pat McBurney and is likely to vie for the early lead with Actin Good and Now a Victor, a lightly raced colt who is stretching out after winning his first two starts sprinting.

Stunt Man is the only member of the field to have won a two-turn nine-furlong race, that coming in the Albany Stakes, restricted to New York-breds, at Saratoga. Helsinki, a stone-cold closer, finished third in the Travers and Brooklyn Handicap and has impeccable wet-track breeding for trainer Nick Zito.

Miss Woodford: Sindy With an S ultra-consistent

The $200,000 Miss Woodford looks like a microcosm of the BC Sprint, which will be staged a couple hours later. Both races are at six furlongs and have a glut of speed that could make their unfolding fall somewhere between brutal and interesting.

Twelve 3-year-old fillies were entered in the Miss Woodford, where Sindy With an S could be the favorite. Trained by California-based Mike Mitchell, Sindy With an S made her most recent appearance in Maryland, winning the Grade 3 Safely Kept on Oct. 6 at Laurel Park by 3 1/2 lengths in an impressive performance.

But even when she doesn't romp, Sindy With an S gets an "A" for effort. In seven starts, she has never finished worse than third while winning three races, and she has started at five different tracks while competing on four different racing surfaces - dirt, turf, Polytrack, and Cushion Track.

Most pertinent to her start in the Miss Woodford, Sindy With an S can stalk the pace, and unless the Monmouth dirt becomes heavily biased to speed on Saturday, the winner is coming from off the pace here.

The races here Wednesday, the first of four Breeders' Cup meet racing days, hammered home the point that Monmouth is no place to make a wide stretch move. A horse had better be in striking range while racing within four paths of the fence, or else he's likely to be spinning his wheels.

Therefore, it may also pay to take a look at rail-drawn Silver Knockers, who should be racing from behind, and might be able sneak up the fence and get into a winning position before the quarter pole.

Select: Buffalo Man back from long layoff

As the Triple Crown chase unfolded early this year, college basketball coach Rick Pitino and his partners were all set to take part with Buffalo Man. He had won 5 of 7 starts, including three straight minor stakes, and was ready to test deeper waters in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park in early March.

The test never came. Buffalo Man, trained by Cam Gambolati, sustained a condylar fracture in a workout in late February and had to have two screws inserted during surgery to repair the injury.

Some eight months later, Buffalo Man has completed his recuperation and is scheduled to return to action in the $200,000 Select Stakes, the third race on the program.

"He's been training great toward this race," said Clint Glasscock, one of five other partners with Pitino, who is busy preparing his University of Louisville team for the 2007-08 season. "If the track's too sloppy, though, we may not run Saturday, which is a shame because we've actually been pointing to this race for a long time. Whatever happens we still have really high hopes for him, and ultimately we'd like to take him to California for the Strub series this winter."

Buffalo Man, with Joe Bravo to ride, was assigned post 2 as one of 10 3-year-olds in the Select, a six-furlong race that looks very competitive. Quite a few other horses who have made regular appearances in stakes company during the year have been entered, including Cobalt Blue, winner of the Grade 2 San Felipe in March; Most Distinguished, winner of the Grade 2 Amsterdam in July; Double Action, a three-time stakes winner in Northern California this year; Piratesonthelake, winner of the Arlington Sprint, and Kentucky Cup Sprint in his last two starts; and E Z Warrior, winner of the San Miguel in January.

- additional reporting by Marcus Hersh

and Marty McGee