06/19/2003 11:00PM

River Downs: Previous Gendelman winners meet


Sunday's feature at River Downs, the $50,000 Sydney Gendelman Handicap for older Ohio-breds, has attracted a full field that includes the last two winners of the race.

Devil Time, the defending champion and 123-pound highweight, will concede at least six pounds to his rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.

Devil Time, based at Churchill Downs with trainer David Carroll, has spent most of his career facing open company on the Kentucky circuit, but has been lured to Ohio on occasion for statebred stakes races. In addition to his victory in the Gendelman last year, Devil Time was a 7 1/2-length winner of the six-furlong Babst Memorial at Beulah April 5.

Third in the Babst Memorial was Fax a Freddy, winner of the 2001 Gendelman and a perfect 3-for-3 over the River Downs turf course. Fax a Freddy has only one win since his victory in the Gendelman two years ago, but figures to be competitive if the race stays on grass.

Rising through the ranks of Ohio-bred competition are Brent's Victory and Vivid Views. The two were separated by a neck in a nonwinners-of-four allowance race earlier in the meet, with each earning a 95 Beyer Speed Figure. While Brent's Victory will be making his stakes debut Sunday, Vivid Views has stakes experience, having finished second behind Devil Time in the Babst Memorial.

Taylortwofeathers and Panta Ellinas also have the back class to be contenders.