01/30/2009 12:00AM

Notonthesamepage readies for marquee matchup


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Grade 2 Fountain of Youth is still four weeks away, but anticipation is already growing for the potential match between the two latest sensations in the 3-year-old division, Spectacular Bid winner Notonthesamepage and Sunshine Millions Dash hero This Ones for Phil.

Notonthesamepage rocked the racing world with his dominant performance in the Spectacular Bid, earning a 115 Beyer Speed Figure that was seemingly off the charts for a 3-year-old at this juncture of the season. This Ones for Phil then proceeded to trump that number, posting a 117 Beyer for his win in the Sunshine Dash.

It took trainer Wesley Ward Jr. less than 24 hours after the Spectacular Bid to circle Feb. 28 and the Fountain of Youth in his condition book for Notonthesamepage's next start. Trainer Rick Dutrow also wasted little time pinpointing the one-mile Fountain of Youth for This Ones for Phil's next start.

Notonthesamepage continued his preparations for the Fountain of Youth here Friday morning, working five furlongs in 1:00.40 in company with stablemate Osceola Prince.

"He worked great," Ward said at his barn later that morning. "He'll have three more works between now and the race, and I'm not looking to throttle down on him and really ask him to go too fast. He doesn't need it. He'll do exactly what he did today and go with Osceola Prince each time."

Ward said he watched This One's for Phil's performance on Jan. 24 and like everyone else was impressed by what he saw.

"He's a very impressive horse, but the one advantage we may have if they meet in the Fountain of Youth is that we'll have more recovery time from our big number than he'll have from his," Ward said. "Of course, you always have to be a little scared when going up against Dicky Dutrow, but we'll be ready for him."

Ward said the key to his horse's success in the Fountain of Youth is whether he'll handle the distance.

"It's still a big question whether my horse can go the distance, although based on how he trains I think he'll get a mile," Ward said. "Two turns might be a different story."

Change in plans for Theregoesjojo

The Fountain of Youth also could attract another very promising 3-year-old, Theregoesjojo, if all goes well over the next several weeks, according to trainer Ken McPeek.

Theregoesjojo, who upset the highly regarded Quality Road going seven furlongs Jan. 10, had been penciled in for next Saturday's Risen Star at the Fair Grounds. However, McPeek decided to cancel those plans after a little mucus was discovered when Theregoesjojo was scoped following a workout here last weekend.

"It's really minor, but he got a little quiet on me over the next couple of days, and I just felt there was no sense to force the issue by working him back and then shipping him to Louisiana for the race," McPeek said. "The stress of all that could have possibly knocked him backwards. It's way too early in the year and best to be conservative. At the moment, I'm going to point him for the Fountain of Youth, although that could be subject to change as well."

Talent Search recovers from colic

Trainer Michael Maker said all is well with Talent Search after having to scratch the speedster from Wednesday's main event due to a mild bout of colic two nights earlier.

The outing was to have been just the second for Talent Search since he finished second behind Eclipse Award winner Benny the Bull in the 2007 De Francis Memorial at Laurel.

"He went back to the track and worked Thursday and is fine," said Maker, who trains Talent Search for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. "We probably could have run him Wednesday, but he's too nice a horse to take the chance."

Maker was hoping to use Wednesday's race as a prep for a possible trip to Dubai for the Golden Shaheen in March.

"Right now, I'm searching for another race for him," Maker said. "If all goes well, we're still hopeful we can make the trip to Dubai."

Strong maiden race for fillies

Sunday's second race, a one-mile maiden special weight event for 3-year-old fillies, could produce some future stars.

The field includes Lawless Falls, a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus who has already turned in a couple of promising second-place finishes; Magical Affair, a $1,550,000 yearling purchase by Giant's Causeway who has also been second in her only two starts; Touch of Charm, a full sister to Grade 3 winner Elusive Diva as well as two other stakes winners; and Discreet Empire, a half-sister to Discreet Cat by Empire Maker.