02/02/2011 5:08PM

Ron the Greek primed for Donn

Lynn Roberts
Ron the Greek, James Graham up, wins thr 2010 Le Comte.

Ron the Greek will be an outsider for trainer Tom Albertrani in Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

A late-running son of Mandate, he became a major player on the Triple Crown trail this time a year ago following his victory in the Grade 3 Le Comte at the Fair Grounds but was stopped on for the remainder of his 3-year-old campaign after finishing sixth in the Louisiana Derby. Ron the Greek returned from a 10-month layoff here two weeks ago to finish second under high-priced optional claiming and allowance conditions behind Our Dark Knight.

"He ran a huge race off the layoff in the allowance race, making a big sweeping move to finish second," said Albertrani. "We have been thinking about the Donn a ways back, and while I wish we had a little more time in between races, he came back from his last start great. Potentially I think he can be a good horse in the handicap division this year."

Nacho Business sharp in debut win

Trainer Kelly Breen is off to a hot start at the meet, winning with five of his first 10 starters, including the promising 3-year-old Nacho Business, who won his debut in impressive fashion on Sunday. Nacho Business, a son of Rahy, rallied from just off the pace to run down the 8-5 favorite Bowman's Causeway. Just two hours before Breen sent out Sweet Ducky to finish second in the Grade 3 Holy Bull.

"I only nominated three horses for the Triple Crown - Sweet Ducky, Pants On Fire, and Nacho Business," said Breen. "I don't normally nominate a maiden but I thought at the time and I'm hoping now he has enough talent. He was actually in the entries last year at Belmont Park but bucked his shins blowing out for the race, and I had to scratch him. We took our time with him after that, and hopefully all our patience will pay off, although we're not going to rush him to try to make everything."