09/06/2006 11:00PM

Three step up to stakes vets

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MIAMI - Rehoboth moved to the top of the local 3-year-old handicap ranks after he beat older horses in Monday's Carterista Handicap. On Saturday, three more members of the 3-year-old division will try to emulate the new leader when they take on older rivals in the $45,000 Ambehaving Stakes at Calder. The overnight event will be decided at 1 1/16 miles.

Big Lover, Anglers Reef, and First Movement will take on older, more seasoned stakes winners B. B. Best, Supervisor, and Sir Jackie in the Ambehaving, which serves as a prep for the Grade 3 Spend a Buck Handicap for 3-year-olds and up here Oct. 14.

Big Lover is among the leaders of the wide-open local 3-year-old handicap division, despite his troubled fourth-place finish behind Rehoboth in the American Dreamer Stakes on Aug. 20. Before the American Dreamer, Big Lover had captured three of his four previous starts, including the Ride the Rails Stakes, in which he defeated Rehoboth by 3 1/2 lengths.

Frank Gomez trains Rehoboth, and will send out two more of his good 3-year-olds, Anglers Reef and First Movement, in the Ambehaving. Anglers Reef and First Movement will be uncoupled in the wagering.

Anglers Reef has not finished worse than second in his last five starts. He'll make his stakes debut on Saturday after scoring a one-length victory over older horses under second-level allowance conditions.

First Movement outfinished Anglers Reef over a sloppy track to win his second-level allowance condition on July 22 and then finished a troubled fifth behind Rehoboth in the American Dreamer.

B. B. Best was among the top 3-year-olds in south Florida during the winter of 2005, following third-place finishes behind High Fly in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and Grade 1 Florida Derby. B. B. Best has started only four times this season and could be the one to catch in the Ambehaving, in which he stretches out around two turns following three consecutive sprint tries.

Supervisor is 0 for 6 since beating B. B. Best by a neck in the 2005 Spend a Buck. Supervisor, 6, is the oldest horse in the Ambehaving lineup. He finished third after being forced to alter course near midstretch in the Absent Russian Stakes in his last start.

Sir Jackie, a two-time stakes winner here last year at 3, was beaten a neck in the Absent Russian, in which he made just his second start in nearly nine months.