10/26/2007 12:00AM

They will all be chasing Yonegwa in Governor's

EmailThere are several quick 2-year-olds in the $55,000 Governor's at Zia Park on Sunday, but the quickest of them all might be Yonegwa.

He appears to be the speed of the speed in the six-furlong race, coming into it off a pair of wire-to-wire stakes wins at Ellis Park and Albuquerque.

"He's real fast," said Bennie Woolley Jr., who trains Yonegwa. "He just has a ton of ability, period. But he's really fast."

Yonegwa last raced in the $45,000 A.C. Kemp at Albuquerque on Sept. 29, and was clear through fractions of 21.40 seconds for the opening quarter and 43.60 for the half-mile mark. He went on to win the seven-furlong stakes by more than six lengths under Casey Lambert, who has the mount in the Governor's.

The Kemp was Yonegwa's first start for Double Eagle Ranch and Woolley after being purchased privately. Yonegwa had vanned 1,400 miles to Albuquerque from Churchill Downs training center for the Kemp, and went up 5,000 feet in altitude, noted Woolley.

"He's an awful good individual," he said. "He's a professional. He's all business."

Yonegwa began his career at Churchill Downs, and in his second start finished second to Kodiak Kowboy, now a multiple graded stakes winner, in a maiden special weight. Yonegwa won his maiden one race later, then won the $50,000 Ellis Juvenile.

His chief rivals Sunday appear to be Possetothemax, wire-to-wire winner of the $50,000 Prairie Gold at Prairie Meadows, and T.J.'s Posse, who won the $60,000 Jamestown at Colonial Downs.