01/14/2008 12:00AM

Sale Pending's Beyer Figures say it all


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It took Sale Pending a little while to get the hang of things, but once he learned what being a racehorse was all about, he turned into a pretty good one - good enough probably to beat his six rivals in Wednesday's $43,500 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park. It is a second-level allowance to be run at 1 1/8 miles.

Sale Pending, unraced as a 2-year-old, needed five starts to win his maiden at 3, finally graduating over the Churchill Downs turf course on May 31. A versatile son of Boundary, Sale Pending came right back five weeks later to win his first-level allowance condition while moving back to the main track, rallying from far back in a solid field that included Dr. Googles Boogles.

Trainer Ken McPeek gave Sale Pending the rest of the summer off, bringing him back at Churchill Downs in mid-November, where his competition again included Dr. Googles Boogles. Surprisingly, Sale Pending went right to the lead that day, then dug in stubbornly through the stretch when engaged by Dr. Googles Boogles before losing the race by a neck. The 96 Beyer Speed Figure that Sale Pending earned in that loss is his best yet, and it marked the sixth straight race in which he has improved on the Beyer scale.

"I stopped on him in the spring because I thought he needed some time to fill out," McPeek said. "He looks like he could become a really top horse. He was just a little too fresh in his last start and wound up on the lead, but he'll rate."

On Wednesday, McPeek said, Sale Pending's jockey, Kent Desormeaux, "will likely try to let him set back and punch late this time."

Sale Pending figures to receive his stiffest challenges from Sir Whimsey and Deputy Indy.

In his 2007 finale, Sir Whimsey finished a well-beaten second behind the multiple stakes-winning New York-bred Stunt Man but was a nose in front of Pink Viper. Pink Viper and Stunt Man made that race look good when they returned and finished noses apart with Beyer Speed Figures of 105 finishing first and second, respectively, in Aqueduct's Blushing Up Handicap earlier this month. Trainer Jim Toner will take the blinkers off Sir Whimsey for his local debut and will have Edgar Prado riding.

Deputy Indy is a consistent veteran who has struggled to get through this second-level allowance condition. Now 6, Deputy Indy has made 11 starts since winning an entry-level allowance race at Belmont on Sept. 29, 2006, and while winless in that period, he has finished second or third on nine occasions.

Calder invaders Gregory, Northern Academy, and Craftmanship - as well as the improved Don't Fret - complete the field.