06/03/2010 12:00AM

Pursue a Dream in sharp form for Brooks Fields


Pursue a Dream, beaten a half-length in last year's Brooks Fields Stakes, will be back for another try in the $35,000 stakes at Canterbury Park on Saturday. A field of nine older horses are entered in the 7 1/2-furlong race on turf.

The 5-year-old Pursue a Dream has been close in his first two starts this year. Two races ago, he faced optional $50,000 claimers going 7 1/2 furlongs on the Lone Star Park turf. He got a perfect rail trip under Paul Nolan, but was worn down late in deep stretch and finished second by a head.

Pursue a Dream came back in a conditioned allowance race going the same distance at Canterbury. Under new rider Eddie Martin Jr., Pursue a Dream sat well behind a soft pace and closed too late, finishing third by three-quarters of a length. Nolan will be back in the saddle Saturday. He has finished second in three of his previous four tries aboard Pursue a Dream, a three-time winner last year.

Trying Brian returns to Canterbury for the first time since winning the $50,000 John Bullit Stakes last August. A 6-year-old trained by Mac Robertson, Trying Brian ships in from Arlington, where he finished second by 1 1/2 lengths for a $35,000 claiming tag in a five-furlong turf sprint May 22.

Hype, trained by Gary Scherer, was disqualified and placed fifth for lugging in on a rival in midstretch of a one-mile first-level allowance last time out at Hawthorne. It was the seventh time that Hype has lost as the favorite.

* The $35,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes, also scheduled for Saturday, was canceled due to the lack of entrants. A decision has not yet been made on whether to reschedule the race.