12/17/2011 2:10PM

Parx: J J's Lucky Train, Poseidon's Warrior clash in Valley Forge

Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue
J J's Lucky Train, winning the Miracle Wood at Laurel Park, will make his first start since early September in Tuesday's Valley Forge.

A pair of 3-year-old sprinters who excelled in stakes company, one early in the year and the other in the second half of 2011, will clash for the first time in Tuesday’s $75,000 Valley Forge Stakes at Parx Racing.

J J’s Luckytrain, winner of the Grade 3 Bay Shore in early April and the listed Miracle Wood in late February, will return from a 3 1/2-month absence against Poseidon’s Warrior, a three-time stakes winner since July 30, in the six-furlong Valley Forge.

J J’s Lucky Train, locally based with Bill Anderson, gets back to his preference for one-turn races following a summer experiment in which he finished a close fourth in the Grade 1 Haskell going 1 1/8 miles and a distant sixth in the 1 1/16-mile Smarty Jones at his home track. The Smarty Jones produced four next-out winners.

J J’s Lucky Train was scratched from both the seven-furlong Bold Ruler in early November and the $200,000 Six Bits Handicap at Penn National 2 1/2 weeks later. He indicated his fitness by working a bullet five furlongs in 1:01 a week ago. On the down side, Anderson is 0 for 19 with sprinters making a comeback after an absence of 61 to 180 days.

In contrast, Poseidon’s Warrior owns sharp recent form, with consistent Beyer Speed Figures of 99, 101, and 101 in his last three starts, highlighted by daylight wins in the Le Bagoter for 3-year-olds at Penn National and the restricted New Castle at Delaware Park. He also romped in the $100,000 East Hanover for 3-year-olds at Penn National in late July.

Royal Currier, the last horse to finish ahead of Poseidon’s Warrior, will take another crack at him. Royal Currier soared to a 109 Beyer winning the $250,000 Gallant Bob by 3 3/4 lengths as an 18-1 outsider, but regressed to an 85 and a 92 in two subsequent starts. He most recently set fast fractions before fading to second behind Poseidon's Warrior in the Le Bagoter.

The eight-horse field also includes Sunrise Smarty, winner of the Grade 3 Fall Highweight at Aqueduct under 130 pounds last time out.