11/21/2002 12:00AM

Private Gold primed to strike in sprint return


Anderson, Ind. - Private Gold goes for his second career stakes win when he heads a field of nine entered in Saturday night's $100,000 Hoosier Juvenile Stakes at six furlongs.

Trained by Patrick Byrne, Private Gold won the Ellis Juvenile on Aug. 14 for his first stakes score. He returned on Sept. 14 in the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile where he was second, beaten six lengths by eventual Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Vindication.

Private Gold disappointed in his last effort when he faded to sixth behind winner Sky Mesa in the Lane's End Futurity. He should appreciate the return to a sprint distance. Shane Sellers will ride from post 3.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will send out Boston Park for owner Overbrook Farm. Boston Park was most recently fourth in the Iroquois at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3 after contesting the pace throughout. Robby Albarado rides from post 5.

Trainer Ronny Werner starts Down Play, who was recently a narrowly beaten second behind Run Production in the Comely Stakes at the Meadowlands. Down Play could be the one to catch under James Lopez from post 9.

The field, from the rail out: Captain Amour, Lester Knight to ride; Mr. Whitestone, Justin Vitek; Private Gold; Big Stone Gap, Mike Morgan; Boston Park; Our Cousin Rex, Valerie Nagle; McMaster, Tommy Pompell; Coach Jimi Lee, Randall Meier; and Down Play.