08/05/2009 11:00PM

Top three in Hoover get a rematch


The six-furlong, $50,000 Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes has drawn the top three finishers from the Hoover Stakes at River Downs as part of a field of eight Ohio-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.

In the July 12 Hoover, Drummond Island, Infatuation, and Busha raced within two lengths of each other the entire 5 1/2-furlong trip and finished in that order.

Drummond Island and Infatuation have taken turns beating each other. In their career debuts at River Downs on June 18, Infatuation beat Drummond Island by 8 1/2 lengths going 5 1/2 furlongs. In the Hoover, at the same distance, Drummond Island evened the score with a one-length tally. Those two should vie for the role of favortism in the Kindergarten.

Drummond Island is owned by Ziba Graham, trained by William Cowans, and will be ridden by Mario Pino.

Joe Cain trains Infatuation for Raymond Buse Jr. Otto Thorwarth will ride.

The race may set up perfectly for Trickish, who was a fast-closing fourth in the Hoover. The Eddington colt made up 5 1/2 lengths in the final eighth-mile and should benefit from a likely speed duel and the extra ground.

His trainer, Tim Hamm, likes his chances.

"He'll be running late - they better be looking over their shoulders," Hamm said. Thistledown's leading rider Ernesto Oro has the mount on Trickish.

Another interesting horse ln the race is Double D. Farm Corp.'s first-time starter Bye Bye Bush, who is by Ohio's all-time leading money winner Harlan's Holiday, who won this race in 2001 and then went on to win the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes and was the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby. Harlan's Holiday also was second in the $5 million Dubai World Cup and banked $3.6 million.