06/01/2007 11:00PM

Top colts rematched in Governor's


The rubber match between Father John and B. B. Mancini, the leading Indiana-bred 2-year-old colts last season, takes place Tuesday in the $45,000 Governor's Stakes at Indiana Downs.

In their first meeting last fall at Hoosier Park, Father John was a wire-to-wire 1 1/4-length winner of the Hillsdale Stakes with B. B. Mancini finishing second. But in the Indiana Futurity, B. B. Mancini was able to catch the front-running Father John in deep stretch and score a one-length victory.

While these two colts appear to dominate the 10-horse race on paper, there is an added element of intrigue to this rematch because the Governor's is scheduled for 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf, a surface neither of the two favorites has tried. And of the two, only B. B. Mancini has raced this far, and he was beaten by more than 10 lengths in his only race around two turns.

Since their last meeting, B. B. Mancini has been the busier of the two, winning a pair of open allowances at Mountaineer and placing in stakes at Aqueduct and in Ocala, Fla. Father John enjoyed a long winter break and has come back with a pair of second-place finishes this meet, including a loss by a head to the older statebred Liepers Fork in the William Henry Harrison Stakes.

Zeroing in on a horse to upset the top two is difficult, but some may give extra credit to Need Money Dad and Squeaky Rich, both recent winners going a mile.