07/03/2002 11:00PM

Thistledown: Juveniles clash


NORTH RANDALL, Ohio ? Seven lightly raced but promising 2-year-old Ohio-breds have been entered in the $40,000, 5 1/2-furlong Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes at Thistledown.

Bolaro, one of the two fillies in the race, is a half-sister to graded-stakes-winning speedster Big Bambu. She is owned by her breeder, Edward Marshall.

Two other top contenders are Churchill shipper Hackendiffy, who is owned by David Eigle and trained by Bernard Flint, and the other filly in the race, Kiosk, who is owned by Bruce Ryan and Blazing Meadows Farm and trained by Tim Hamm.

Hackendiffy was an even second in his debut at Churchill Downs, beaten 1 3/4 lengths in a five-furlong maiden special weight race. He appears to have the speed to set the pace and could wire this field. Mike Rowland has the mount at 116 pounds.

Bolaro finished third here, beaten two lengths in his career debut, a four-furlong sprint against male rivals. She was steadily gaining ground that day and if her breeding holds true she will give Hackendiffy a strong fight for the lead. Bolaro carries 113 pounds and Luis A. Gonzalez will ride for trainer Alan Sobol.

Kiosk is the the only winner in the field. She won her maiden as the odds-on choice going five furlongs here June 30. Before that she finished fifth at Churchill. Kiosk is weighted at 113 and Felipe Santos gets a return call.

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