07/01/2010 11:00PM

This time, Run It wears the target


In his last start, Run It upset favored Bold Chieftain to win the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields. On Sunday, Run It will be the target as he faces seven rivals in the $50,000-added Alamedan Handicap at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif.

Trainer Dennis Patterson and regular rider Chad Schvaneveldt are confident in Run It going into the 1 1/16-mile race.

"He's trained up to this the same way as the Berkeley," said Patterson. "He couldn't be going any better."Schvaneveldt rode Run It to victory in last year's Alcatraz as well as the Berkeley, and he has been very happy with the horse's works.

"The last couple works, he's just been full of himself," said Schvaneveldt, who just sat chilly last Sunday in the colt's final work for the Alamedan, a 59.60 five-furlong work that was the second best of 67 workers at Golden Gate Fields.

Owned by Mercedes Stable, Run It has won 7 of 20 starts, earning $218,720. He's won on turf and synthetic surfaces, on the lead, stalking, and from off the pace.

"This colt gives you everything he's got each time," Schvaneveldt said.

In the paceless Berkeley, Schvaneveldt put Run It on the lead, slowed the pace, and had enough left in the lane to outduel Bold Chieftain.

"There are several here who can go," said Patterson, looking at Sunday's field.

The sprinter Live Sundays stalked the pace and finished well when third going one mile on the turf in his last start. Sunday's distance may be within his scope; he has won going 7 furlongs around one turn at Hollywood Park.

Warren's Pepe, twice a loser to Run It earlier this year, likes the front end in routes. If he or Live Sundays go for the lead, Run It will simply stalk the pace, Patterson said.

"We're not going to get the same trip we had last time," said Patterson, "but we don't need the same trip. He's got tactical speed and can sit where he wants."

Run It drew the post 6 with Live Sundays just outside him.

Schvaneveldt says the key to the race is not where Run It is early. "The main thing is to get him comfortable and relaxed," Schvaneveldt said.

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