09/01/2007 12:00AM

Therecomesatiger solid on turf


Trainer Tom Proctor sent a string of horses to Remington Park this year in part because of turf offerings like the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap on Monday. He will start 121-pound highweight Therecomesatiger in the 1 1/8-mile race, which has drawn a competitive field of 11 that includes Waupaca, a multiple stakes winner who won the allowance prep; Inca King, cutting back to the distance of his victory in the Grade 2 Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs in June; and Sing Baby Sing, the second highweight at 120 following his win in the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial at Lone Star Park in July.

The DeBartolo is the richest turf race of the meet, and it is being supported by two other stakes. The $50,000 Ricks Memorial is for fillies and mares at a mile on turf, and the $50,000 Clever Trevor is for 2-year-olds at six furlongs. All three stakes will be part of a new pick four on races 6-9. There is a special first post of 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

Proctor is in his first season at Remington.

"I always looked to come out here," he said. "They've got two turf stakes for older horses, and we usually have a turf horse or two."

Proctor and owner Charles Patton have a nice one in Therecomesatiger. A four-time stakes winner on the grass, he won back-to-back stakes in May and June, and a repeat of either performance would make him tough to handle. In the $75,000 Chris Thomas Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles at Tampa Bay Downs on May 5, he darted to a 2 1/2-length win to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 94. One start later, Therecomesatiger was up for a half-length win in the $105,000 Opening Verse at 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs on June 2, earning a 96 Beyer.

He comes off a sixth-place finish in the $148,000 Sea O' Erin at a mile at Arlington Park on Aug. 11. Proctor said he did not handle the yielding turf that day. Since then, Therecomesatiger has worked a bullet half-mile over the turf course at Remington.

Proctor said Therecomesatiger's win in the Chris Thomas, which came over Revved Up, a Grade 2 winner of $1.4 million, shows 1 1/8 miles is a good distance for him.

"I always kind of like him at a mile, a mile and a sixteenth, but when he won at Tampa, I thought he beat a pretty good horse in Revved Up," said Proctor.

Ramsey Zimmerman has the mount on Therecomesatiger.

Quincy Hamilton will be aboard Waupaca, who is looking for his first win at the distance. The last time he ran in the DeBartolo, he was second by a half-length in 2005.

* In the Ricks, Proctor will send out Walklikeanegyptian, second in the Grade 3 Pucker Up at Arlington last September. Also in the field is D Fine Okie, whose last two races were wins in the $50,000 River Cities at Louisiana Downs and an allowance at Lone Star.

* Hadnot, a sharp debut winner, takes on stakes winner Namesake in the Clever Trevor.