10/26/2005 11:00PM

Scottsbluff back with his peers


Scottsbluff looks to take another step up in the 3-year-old sprint ranks when he runs in Saturday's $40,000 Saguaro Stakes at Turf Paradise.

Trained by Dan Morgan, Scottsbluff is the horse to beat but will have his hands full in the Saguaro, a six-furlong event in which he faces six others, all of whom have significant ability.

Scottsbluff was second in two stakes here last winter and then was off seven months before returning in the summer at Del Mar, where he was second in the Real Good Deal and fourth in the one-mile El Cajon. Scottsbluff came back here for the Oct. 8 Caballos del Sol Handicap and gamely prevailed over Cocoa Latte and Grimm, both older horses.

Saturday, he returns to his age group and to Turf Paradise, where he has scored both of his career wins.

Desert Prospector has won three in a row, though he has not raced since winning the Arizona Stallion Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths April 9. He is owned by Elizabeth Robison and trained by Bart Hone.

Quintons Relaunch makes his first start since winning the Last Don B here May 15. A 3-year-old son of BC Classic winner Alphabet Soup, Quintons Relaunch also won the Palos Verde Handicap here in March.

Thirsty Guy's won the six-furlong Earl McCabe Derby at Bay Meadows on Sept. 5. Trained by Kory Owens, he was no factor in the one-mile Bull Dog Stakes at Fresno a few weeks ago, but he is better at this distance.

Family Guy may be the biggest threat based on what he did here Oct. 4. After beginning the year with one win in seven starts in California, Family Guy came to Turf Paradise on Oct. 4 for an optional claiming sprint and went through the roof, romping by eight lengths and posting a 101 Beyer Speed Figure. By comparison, Scottsbluff earned a 92 Beyer in his Caballos del Sol win, and his career-best is a 96.