09/12/2005 11:00PM

Several coming in off layoffs


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Thursday's first-level allow-ance feature at Bay Meadows is a mix of comebackers and claiming types with sharp current form.

is a stakes-placed 3-year-old with potential. He's making his first start in more than two months, meeting older for the first time after running second against his own age group in a first-level allowance race at Pleasanton.

, unraced since a Feb. 4 claiming victory, and Irish Ty, making his first start of the year, have talent, as does fellow 4-year-old Brand Name, who won his first start in nearly a year at the Bay Meadows Fair.

Lined up against them are Zona De Impacto, Native Approval, Dancin Candy, and No Wheels, all in good current form.

Although he has only one win in 20 starts the past two years, Dancin Candy always seems to get a piece. He was second to the talented Abuse of Power last out, passing speedster No Wheels late to get second money. is sharp, comes off a career best, and has a solid maintenance drill since his last start.

Brand Name, a $100,000 purchase, actually beat Irish Ty by one-half length in his debut last year. The concern about the lightly raced Brand Name is that in each instance, he has declined markedly in the second start of his form cycle. He's older now, and that trend may no longer apply, but it's something bettors must consider.

has run well both north and south with a win, 6 seconds, and a pair of thirds in 11 starts. He closed well after lagging early in a sprint stakes and then faded against older on the turf in his two starts last year when he did not hit the board.

"He's training as well as he ever trained in his life," owner Jim Ghidella said of Irish Ty, who closed his 3-year-old campaign with three straight seconds at this level.

"He had been training 15 straight months, and we thought he needed a rest," Ghidella said.

Two bullet works and a solid 1:13.20 six-furlong drill in his final prep signal that Irish Ty should be fit.