08/10/2005 12:00AM

Thistledown track report


Tri Uimet, an easy winner in his only lifetime start on July 29 at Thistledown, is the one to beat in Friday's $40,000 Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes.

The six-furlong race, for 2-year-old Ohio-registered foals, has eight entrants. Fisticuff and Distress Signal could be the main opposition for Tri Uimet.

A son of Lac Ouimet, Tri Uimet won his career debut after hopping at the start, then making the lead before a quarter-mile. He widened that lead the balance of the trip to win the six-furlong maiden race by 7 3/4 lengths. Owned by Gerald Silver and trained by Jeffrey Radosevich, Tri Uimet will be ridden by leading jockey Scott Spieth.

Fisticuff finished a well-beaten fifth in the $40,000 Hoover Stakes at River Downs on July 17. In his two prior career starts, Fisticuff, a Tim Hamm trainee, was third with statebred maidens at River Downs on July 4, and third in a maiden race at Mountaineer on May 2. Irwin Rosendo has the riding assignment.

Distress Signal finished 5 1/4 lengths behind Fisticuff in the Hoover after racing close to the pace for a half-mile and then gradually weakening. On May 13 he won his maiden with $30,000 claiming horses going 4 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs. Luis Antonio Gonzalez will ride for trainer Thomas Amoss.