06/23/2011 2:20PM

Parx Racing: Golddigger's Boy shortens up

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Golddigger's Boy, with Stewart Elliott up, wins the Lyman.

The versatile Golddigger’s Boy, who has put together a four-race winning streak while racing at distances between 6 1/2 furlongs and 1 1/16 miles, shortens up and comes back relatively quickly for Saturday’s $75,000 Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap at Parx Racing.

A locally based 4-year-old colt trained by Ramon Preciado, Golddigger’s Boy cuts back from 1 1/16 miles to seven furlongs just 11 days after an easy 4 3/4-length win over Pennsylvania-breds in the Docent at Penn National. The LeVine would be the third start since May 20 for Golddigger’s Boy, who owns a 6-for-10 lifetime record.

Over the past five years, Preciado has gone 7 for 31 (23 percent) with last-out winners returning in a sprint within 14 days. The only time Golddigger’s Boy has raced on less than two weeks’ rest, he finished third in last year’s Peppy Addy, although it should be pointed out he was a maiden facing winners in that restricted stakes.

The presence of Soaring Empire makes the assignment all the more difficult for Golddigger’s Boy. Early this season at Gulfstream Park, Soaring Empire picked up a pair of seconds in Grade 2 stakes, missing by just a neck in the Gulfstream Handicap. He gets class relief in this spot after a dull performance, following 2 1/2 months on the sidelines, in the Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont Park.

Soaring Empire appears to be sharp, based on his five-furlong bullet workout in 59 seconds on June 14 at Monmouth Park.

Among the five other older sprinters in the field, lightly raced 4-year-old Rock Yard may be the most intriguing prospect. Rock Yard has won two in a row locally since coming north from Oaklawn Park. In his most recent outing, Rock Yard dueled early, then drew clear to win by two lengths in a second-level optional $25,000 claimer, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 86. He would need another move forward to challenge Golddigger’s Boy and Soaring Empire, whose best recent Beyers are 99 and 103, respectively.

The field also includes Heritage Hall, third in the seven-furlong, Grade 2 General George Handicap in February; Billy One Lite, who has won 4 of 6 starts at Parx since he was claimed for $15,000 last October; and Whistle Pig, a seven-time winner locally with a field-leading career earnings of $880,168.