07/22/2005 12:00AM

Satan's Code looks too fast


Satan's Code, a two-time stakes winner on dirt at Colonial Downs, is only 1 for 5 on turf. But he still might be good enough to capture Sunday's $60,000 Punch Line Stakes, a five-furlong turf race.

Most of the six horses the 7-year-old Satan's Code faces in the Punch Line, restricted to Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired runners, are either unraced on grass or too slow.

, however, shows two good grass races in his last 10 starts. He was second with a 92 Beyer Speed Figure in the 2004 Punch Line and won a high-priced optional claimer at Delaware Park with a 91.

Most recently, Satan's Code, trained by Scott Lake, easily won the six-furlong W. Meredith Bailes Memorial for the second straight year.

The most intriguing challenger to Satan's Code could be Silver Flower, a 4-year-old trained by H. Graham Motion.

has won 2 of his last 3 starts, both dirt sprints with high Beyers, and was competitive in his only try on turf, a one-mile allowance race at Gulfstream Park in early March.

Given the solid connections of high-percentage trainer Motion and jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, Silver Flower merits respect.

had been strictly a two-turn dirt horse until he was tried on grass earlier this month. Making his first start since December, the 4-year-old Burning Rambo rallied in a field of 13 allowance horses to draw off by 2 3/4 lengths. Burning Rambo has since worked a four-furlong bullet at Laurel Park, an indication he remains sharp.

The 8-year-old Oxford Tea Party is 4 for 11 lifetime on the grass, but has raced just once - in last year's Punch Line - since November 2003.