09/07/2007 11:00PM

Top barn sends Something Sonic


Trainer Doug O'Neill, who led the Fairplex standings four straight years from 2002-2005, showed that he is ready to reclaim the training title again this year by scoring a double on Friday's opening day card. He is also well represented in Monday's feature, the $65,000 Foothill, with Something Sonic, the 122-pound co-highweight who will start from the rail.

The Foothill, a two-turn, 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds that drew a field of eight, normally serves at the opening day feature at Fairplex, but was moved this year to accommodate the Derby Trial Stakes.

Something Sonic, a 3-year-old son of Swiss Yodeler, finished second in the Forrest White Stakes at Stockton in June, running a 45.60-second half-mile fraction, then holding on well for the place. His third-place finish over the Del Mar turf turf in his most recent start in July looks much better now that both the first- and second-place finishers have returned to win optional claiming races in their next starts. Something Sonic will be coming off a 47-day layoff but has turned in three bullet works at Hollywood Park in preparation for the Foothill.

I'm All Out cuts back in distance after finishing third in the one-mile El Cajon at Del Mar. He again will be ridden by Michael Baze, the leading rider at both the Hollywood Park and Del Mar meets.

I'm All Out's off-the-pace style seems to fit this Fairplex surface perfectly and he returns just 10 days after his stakes debut in the El Cajon for trainer Mike Mitchell.

The lightest raced, and perhaps the most promising, entrant is Barbecue Eddie, who is 2 for 3. He lost his debut by more than five lengths to I'm All Out in June, but rebounded impressively with consecutive Del Mar victories.

Honored Image also owns the credentials to win the Foothill. The 2-for-4 main-track runner returns to the dirt after three turf races. He finished third in a Calder stakes last year and will be ridden by David Flores.

All-time Fairplex leading rider Martin Pedroza, who tripled on opening day, won this race last year with favored Sailors Sunset, but on Monday he rides a much longer shot in Prime Ruler. Prime Ruler began his career by winning 2 of his first 3 starts but his last four races have been on either turf or synthetic surfaces. A switch to dirt could wake up this Chistopher Pasach-trained runner.

The only runner in the field with Fairplex experience is 2006 local maiden winner Lit'sgoodlookngray, who also finished third in the Barretts Juvenile here last summer.