09/11/2003 11:00PM

Sprints are Ben's best game


GROVE CITY, Ohio - Three-year-old Ben's Reflection tries for his first stakes win against older rivals when he starts as the 119-pound highweight against six Ohio-bred rivals in Sunday's $40,000 Honey Jay Handicap at Beulah Park.

Ben's Reflection, a son of Cahill Road, is unbeaten in four career starts at Sunday's six-furlong distance. Ben's Reflection's only two losses have come in two-turn races, and he set the pace in both races before weakening.

Ben's Reflection has won his four sprints by a combined total of more than 40 lengths. He enters the Honey Jay on a two-race win streak, having won the North Randall at Thistledown versus 3-year-old state-breds on Aug. 9 and an easy victory at River Downs 12 days later. Ben's Reflection will spot his rivals from three to 10 pounds. Jockey Perry Ouzts has the return call.

Truth Matters may be the main threat. A 4-year-old gelding, Truth Matters cuts back to what is probably his best distance after setting the pace and tiring to finish fifth in the 1 1/4-mile Governor's Buckeye Cup at Thistledown Sept. 1.

Truth Matters, a six-time winner who has earned more than $176,000, scored a 3 3/4-length victory over allowance company at six furlongs on Aug. 11 at Thistledown. Regular rider Jeff Skerrett will be in from Cleveland for the mount at 116 pounds.