08/06/2007 11:00PM

Plenty of speed in Governor's Cup


Five or six of the quickest, richest, and most consistent turf sprinters in the Mid-Atlantic area will clash in a field of 10 in the $50,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Handicap at five furlongs Thursday at Penn National.

Hesa Big Star totes top weight of 122 pounds, thanks mainly to his 3o3/4-length score last out in a similar spot, the $60,000 Mo Bay turf sprint at Delaware Park on July 7.

Trained by Howard Wolfendale, who wins with 29 percent of his runners who won their previous starts, Hesa Big Star, 5, has made only three starts at five or 5 1/2 furlongs on grass but won them all.

Remain Silent, 4, and Sandys Gold, 5, also come in off turf sprint stakes wins last out - Remain Silent in the $100,000 Camac Memorial at Philadelphia Park on July 28, and Sandys Gold in the $60,000 Punch Line at Colonial Downs on July 22.

Beer Stien won a turf sprint at Delaware Park last out, and though it was an optional claimer and not a stakes, he did it impressively, by a widening 4 1/4 lengths. It was Beer Stien's sixth win in 14 turf sprint starts. He ran second or third in five others.

Two others to consider are Crimson Son, who is moving way up but has a win and a place in two lifetime five-furlong turf sprints, and Who's Bluffing, who finished sixth by 3 1/4 lengths to Sandys Gold last out but has two bullet works since, notably a three-furlong, 34.60-second eye-opener Friday at Penn National.

Hesa Big Star, Remain Silent, Crimson Son, and the outsider Bingobear are all speeds, none of whom pass a horse very often, if ever. Among them, Hesa Big Star is slightly most likely to break in front, with Remain Silent a close second.

Hesa Big Star has the added advantage of breaking outside all the other speeds, from post 10. The course has favored speed at this trip all meet, and outside posts are not disadvantaged.

Sandys Gold and Beer Stien look best among the closers, especially Beer Stien.