01/29/2003 12:00AM

Siberland, Pincay on Super card

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PHOENIX - One is a legend merely adding to his huge list of accomplishments. The other is a potential rising star, looking to take another step toward the big time.

The legend is Laffit Pincay Jr., who won his 9,500 Wednesday races, and the up-and-comer is Siberland, who may be aimed at the Kentucky Derby. They share the spotlight on Turf Paradise's Super Saturday card, which includes the $150,000 Turf Paradise Breeders' Cup, $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby, and $75,000 Arizona Oaks.

Pincay, 56, the world's winningest jockey, is scheduled to ride Force the Way in the Oaks and Century City in the Breeders' Cup. The Dennis Weir-owned Siberland, who has won the last three stakes in which he has run, is the overwhelming favorite in the Turf Paradise Derby after a romping win in the Rattlesnake.

The Turf Paradise Derby (6th) and Oaks (8th) will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, while the Turf Paradise BC (7th) is scheduled for the same distance on the turf.

Trained by Beau Greely, the 4-year-old Century City is a graded stakes winner in his native Ireland, but is winless in three U.S. starts. His best effort was a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby. He was good enough overseas to give European horse of the year Rock of Gibraltar a big scare in the Group 1 2000 Guineas. Pincay, aboard Century City, won this race with Foggy Day in 2000.

No less than six other Southern Californians will ship in for the Turf Paradise BC, including Devine Wind, the 2001 winner and 2002 runner-up. Stakes types such as Thady Quill, Duke of Green, Hataab, and Irish Warrior are scheduled to ship in.

Of the 28 3-year-olds nominated to the Turf Paradise Derby, only four were entered against Siberland. Trained by Kevin Lewis, Siberland has won his last four starts, three of them stakes, and is undefeated in two Turf Paradise stakes.

Siberland has enormous speed, and his win in the one-mile Rattlesnake proved he could carry his speed two turns. He has already shown quality in Southern California, where he won a statebred sprint stakes at Del Mar last summer.

Ten 3-year-old fillies were entered in the Arizona Oaks. Among them are Bertrando's Dare, Arch Lady, and Our Game Plan, the one-two-three finishers in last month's Sun Devil, as well as Southern California invaders Harbor Blues and Myofficewife.

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