10/11/2007 11:00PM

Sharp duo vs. stakes winners

EmailFour stakes winners, included graded stakes winner My Creed, make Sunday's $50,000 Bull Dog at the Big Fresno Fair one of the better runnings of the meet's signature race. But it's the presence of two sharp 3-year-olds making their stakes debuts, Quick Meeting and Pass the Heat, that makes the race particularly tough. The Bull Dog is for 3-year-olds and up going a mile.

Pass the Heat has 4 wins in 5 career starts. Quick Meeting won the last two times he ran on the main track, and he has never finished off the board in six career starts.

Pass the Heat's lone loss came at Pleasanton when he ran third, disqualified to fifth, in a mile-and-70-yard entry-level optional claimer. In his two starts since, Pass the Heat won an entry-level allowance on the Santa Rosa turf and a second-level optional claimer on the Bay Meadows turf Aug. 22.

"He's been a nice little horse," said his trainer, Bill Morey Jr. "He can be a handful, but there was only one day he misbehaved. He cocked his head in the lane at Pleasanton and came in on some others. I'd rather keep him on turf, but he's ready to do something."

Quick Meeting, trained by Dean Pederson, has scored both of his victories at six furlongs, including a three-length win in a first-level optional claimer at Bay Meadows Sept. 21. The only two times he tried two turns he finished third in a pair of optional claimers on the Bay Meadows turf, one in September and one in August.

Pass the Heat and Quick Meeting meet much more accomplished rivals who perhaps are not as sharp.

My Creed won the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate in June. He has run last in his two st recent starts, the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup on Cushion Track and the Joseph Grace on the turf at Santa Rosa on Aug. 4, his last start.

Sharp Writer won the Alamedan Handicap at Pleasanton and the Walnut Creek on the turf at Golden Gate Fields last year. He has started once this year, finishing fifth behind stablemate Trickey Trevor in the July 7 Sam Whiting at Pleasanton.

Family Guy is sprinter who won a pair of stakes earlier this year at Turf Paradise.