02/23/2006 1:00AM

Short sprint ideal spot for Did's return


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Did, selected as the state's top 2-year-old at last weekend's Nebraska Thoroughbred Breeders' Association banquet, heads a field of 10 3-year-olds going a half-mile in the $10,000 Bachman Stakes on Saturday at Fonner Park.

comes into the Bachman with strong credentials that mark him as the horse to beat in sprints this year in Nebraska. His dam, Slots of Fun, was pure speed and Did appears to have inherited her early flash. After a troubled career debut last summer in the State Fair Futurity at Lincoln, where he nearly fell after clipping heels, Did was shipped to Canterbury Park and he promptly won his maiden by three lengths. He followed that up with a pair of turf sprint wins against $50,000 optional claiming company. R.D. Williams will ride from post 9.

Bill Conyers sends out , a maiden winner in his career debut here on Feb. 12. Mr Tire had to contend with a riderless horse in winning his maiden. Mr Tire checked in the middle of the backstretch, but recovered for a 1 1/2-length win. Dennis Collins returns in the saddle from post 3.

, winner of the Woodlands Juvenile in his final start last year, makes his first start of the year. Slew Lucky won his maiden at Lincoln following a runner-up finish in the Capital City Futurity, then took an allowance race at Atokad Downs. Terry McGee, who at age 62 is one of the oldest active riders in the country, will ride from post 2.