02/04/2005 12:00AM

Speedy Can't Trick Jake stretches out

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Trainer Randy Morse has a pair of promising 3-year-olds based at Oaklawn this meet. One of them, Jonesboro, won by more than eighth lengths Jan. 21. The other, Can't Trick Jake, is a top candidate in Sunday's featured eighth race.

Can't Trick Jake will take on nine 3-year-olds in a one-mile entry-level allowance that carries an optional claiming price of $50,000. Others in the race include Favorite Fun, who was third at this level in his last start; Radiant Gold, who invades from Fair Grounds for trainer Tom Amoss; and the stakes-placed Zarb's Music Man and Dixie Meister.

last raced in the $50,000 Dixieland over 5 1/2 furlongs at Oaklawn on Jan. 22, setting fractions of 22.20 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46 seconds for the half before finishing fourth. Morse hopes the move to two turns will benefit the colt, who won his maiden at Keeneland on Oct. 21.

"He's never been a mile, but I think it will be [good] because I think he'll be able to make an easier lead," said Morse. "The other day we had an inside post and we had to rush him a little too much, I believe.

"Hopefully, he can make an easy lead and relax a little more."

Can't Trick Jake, a son of Mazel Trick who races for Robert S. Mitchell Trust, will break from post 10 under Tim Doocy.

made his two-turn debut last out in a one-mile allowance at Oaklawn, finishing third to El Batallon. He earned an 85 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest last-race number among all starters in the feature Sunday.

Favorite Fun has been a consistent performer, and could assume a stalking position behind Can't Trick Jake. Trainer Jinks Fires gave the mount to Jeremy Rose.

moves back into open company on Sunday after finishing second last out in the $75,000 Crescent City Derby for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds. Crimson Stag, who won the Crescent City Derby, was expected to be a heavy favorite in the $125,000 Prince for Louisiana-breds on Saturday night at Delta Downs.

Zarb's Music Man won his maiden in open company in September. Trainer Richard Jackson has given the mount to Luis Quinonez.

Radiant Gold closed for fifth at this level in his last start. A Fair Grounds invader, Radiant Gold will be ridden by Roman Chapa.