06/13/2008 12:00AM

Plesa trio heads a sharp-looking field


MIAMI - Who is the fastest 2-year-old colt or gelding in south Florida in the second week of June?

That question figures to be answered late Sunday afternoon when several of the more impressive juvenile maiden-race winners during the opening seven weeks of the meet square off in the $36,000 B L's Sweep Stakes.

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who has dominated the local 2 year-old scene thus far this spring, will send out three of the eight members of the starting lineup, including Bee Cee Cee, a son of Songandaprayer, who captured the first baby race of the session on April 26. A $200,000 purchase by owner J. Robert Harris Jr. right out of the Calder paddock at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s February sale, Bee Cee Cee ran to his 6-5 backing when he won his debut by 3 3/4 widening lengths. That performance looked even better two weeks later after stablemate Ideal Exchange, a well-beaten third in that race, returned to win his maiden next out.

Bee Cee Cee and Ideal Exchange will be joined in the five-furlong B L's Sweep by their stablemate Capulet, who also earned his diploma in the second start of his career, on May 24. Ideal Exchange and Capulet are both Padua Stable homebreds and will be coupled in the wagering on Saturday.

Although Plesa certainly has strength in numbers, his trio of promising juveniles could receive stiff tests from speedsters Red Nation and Boot Cut. Both earned high marks in posting easing maiden tallies here last month.

Red Nation recovered from a traumatic experience in his career debut to wire maiden allowance opposition easily in his local debut. Red Nation made his first start out of Gulfstream Park's 2 1/2-furlong chute but lost all chance, along with jockey Ray Fuentes, when he got put in very tight quarters and clipped heels shortly after the break. But Red Nation, a son of Concorde's Tune, obviously suffered no ill effects from the incident, rebounding with a 6 3/4-length triumph that earned him a Beyer Speed Figure of 75 when he was sent back into action by trainer John Shaw four weeks later.

The fastest member of the lineup, from both a time and Beyer Figure standpoint, heading into the B L's Sweep is Boot Cut, who ran 4 1/2 furlongs in 53.11 seconds to dominate a field of $40,000 claiming rivals in his second career start. The 78 Beyer Figure he received for the effort is best of the eight members of the B L's Sweep field.

Mysterious Jule tops Georgia Oaks

Sharing top billing on Sunday's Father's Day program is the $75,000 Georgia Oaks, 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies restricted to progeny of the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' program.

Mysterious Jule, easy winner of the Lulus Ransom Stakes over the local turf course four weeks ago, looms the heavy favorite over a field that includes Ashley River, Nicole's Song, and recent maiden winners Amazing and Scandaliza.

Motovato likely out until fall

Motovato, who owns the second-highest Beyer Figure of any 3-year-old in the country this year, will likely not race again until the fall.

Motovato earned a Beyer Figure of 111 winning an entry-level allowance race here on April 25. That stood atop the division until Zaftig received a 113 for her victory in last Saturday's Acorn.

Trainer Marty Wolfson said that veterinarian Dr. Stephen Selway "removed a small chip from his ankle we discovered while he was being vetted out for a private sale."

"I haven't had a horse run a race like he ran in a long time," said Wolfson. "He's a very exciting prospect."