05/14/2008 11:00PM

Speed, ostriches, and camels at Lincoln


Saturday's $15,000 Speed Stakes will likely live up to its name as a full field of 10 will match strides at 4o1/2 furlongs in an event-filled card at Lincoln.

Along with the simulcast of the Preakness, there will be a break following the third race for an ostrich exhibition race featuring local riders. The Preakness falls after race 7 here. Camels will take the track following the Speed Stakes for another exhibition race - under riders Beth Butler, Larren Delorme, Armando Martinez, and Mike Luark.

Bevys Best is the likely Speed Stakes favorite off his wins in the six-furlong Ogataul and Budweiser-Tondi Stakes at Fonner Park, which earned him that track's sprinter of the year honors.

Bevys Best will make his first attempt at 4 1/2 furlongs for trainer Larry Staroscik. Bevys Best brings a career mark of 6-0-1 from 8 starts into the race and will be ridden by Yuri Yaranga.

First Class Brass will make a drastic turn back in distance, but has proven capable in the past and looms a solid threat. First Class Brass was third in the Dowd Mile at Fonner Park, then stepped up to run in the

1 1/16-mile Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes in his last start. That day he made a mild move outside rivals into the final turn before settling for fifth. His first start this year was a strong second to Tonight Rainbow in the half-mile Grasmick Stakes. He ran third in the Speed Stakes last year.

I'm Real, trained by Milton Gaede, won a $7,500 claimer at Fonner in February in his first start of the year, and produced one of the fastest half-miles at that meet - a 45.80-second clocking while drawing off to win by five lengths. He was then third in optional claiming company at Prairie Meadows on March 9, beaten 1 3/4 lengths.