06/29/2005 11:00PM

Rubius risks streak in Gold Cup


NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - There are three undercard stakes on Saturday's Ohio Derby Day program at Thistledown, topped by the 38th running of the $75,000 Cleveland Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is the top race of the year for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds and will be run at 1 1/8 miles.

The other stakes are the $40,000 Scarlet Carnation Stakes for fillies and mares and the $40,000 Isi Newborn Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds and up. Both are at six furlongs.

Sixteen horses were entered for the Cleveland Gold Cup but the starting gate will accommodate only 14 and preference will be given to those with the highest earnings.

Rubius is undefeated in four starts but has yet to race beyond six furlongs. A grey colt by Rubiano, he won his maiden at first asking against open company at Mountaineer last July and then followed up with a victory in the $40,000 Cleveland Kindergarten here in August. He made his 2005 debut on May 20 at Mountaineer, prevailing by 1 1/2 lengths over allowance company. Most recently he defeated allowance rivals going six furlongs. Julio Felix rides for trainer Jeffrey Radosevich.

What the Devil is the one Rubius will have to beat. He defeated $30,000 maiden claimers going a mile at Churchill Downs on May 28. Trainer Dale Romans has engaged the riding services of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.

Of the others, Bug Hunter and Pyrite Springs have the best chance.

Scarlet Carnation: Cobra Lady favored

Cobra Lady enters the Scarlet Carnation off a 3 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Ohio Valley Handicap at Mountaineer. She has posted a 3-0-1 record from four starts this year. Owner-trainer J. Michael Baird has given the mount to Bobby Walker Jr.

Cobra Lady's main opposition should come from Ready and Tough and Shannons Valentine, who finished second and third in the Ohio Valley.

Isi Newborn: Devil Time shortens up

Devil Time should be tough to handle in the Isi Newborn Memorial Stakes. A winner of 14 races from 46 starts, he returned from a year layoff following an unplaced finish in last year's Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park to win the $45,000 Gendelman Handicap at River Downs on June 19. He has won his last seven Ohio stakes starts but must shorten up from 1 1/16 miles on turf to six furlongs here. Gavin Faulkner rides for trainer David Carroll.

Top Shoter comes into the race off two consecutive victories in handicap races at Finger Lakes for owner-trainer Charlton Baker.

Another contender is Coogamonga, who has been steadily improving and won his last start in an overnight handicap.