04/26/2006 11:00PM

Top weight, outside post for T.D. Vance

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T.D. Vance captures the Grade 2 Hall of Fame at Saratoga last year.

Trainer Graham Motion hates his post but likes his chances with the promising grass specialist T.D. Vance in Saturday's $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap. The Miami Mile, a Grade 3 turf race, is the highlight of a 12-race card at Calder that features three other stakes, including the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap, also on the grass.

is the 117-pound highweight in the Miami Mile but may only be the third choice in the wagering behind Icy Atlantic, trained by Todd Pletcher, and Old Forester for Bill Mott. A son of Rahy, T.D. Vance posted 4 wins in 7 starts during his 3-year-old campaign in 2005, which included a nose decision over Silver Whistle in Saratoga's Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes. Silver Whistle recently won Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Pan American Handicap.

T.D. Vance has not started since finishing a tiring fifth in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes on Nov. 13 at Churchill Downs. The layoff is of little concern to Motion, but he was not happy when he learned that his horse drew the outside post in the field of 11 older horses.

"I really hate the post, especially breaking out of that mile chute," said Motion. "This horse is pretty quick away from the gate, and in some ways being on the outside is not bad because he can track what the other speed horses are doing, but I didn't want to be on the extreme outside.

"He's plenty fit to go a mile, so that's not a concern, and even though we are the highweight, which surprised me a little, this is almost a level-weight contest."

Jose Lezcano will be aboard T.D. Vance for the first time in the Miami Mile.

, a 5-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, is coming off a pair of seconds in stakes races at Tampa Bay Downs, where he chased home two talented grass horses: Fort Prado in the Tampa Bay Breeders' Classic, and Silver Tree in the Turf Classic. Icy Atlantic remains winless since his 3-year-old campaign.

"He's a very consistent horse who has had trouble getting into the winner's circle," said Pletcher. "He needs to be covered up when he runs, so the inside post should work out well. There appears to be plenty of pace in this race, and hopefully he'll get a good stalking trip."

Icy Atlantic will be ridden by Chris DeCarlo.

is coming off a high-priced optional claiming win going a mile at Gulfstream Park. The victory was his first since he captured the Canadian Turf Handicap over the same course one year earlier. The most significant performance last year by Old Forester, a 5-year-old son of Forestry, came in Churchill's Grade 2 Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap, in which he finished a game second behind Kitten's Joy.

Twilight Road captured the 2004 Miami Mile and will attempt to duplicate the effort while making just his second start since July 4. Now 9, Twilight Road posted his only victory last season over the dirt in the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap.

Whos Crying Now, second in the Sunshine Millions Classic earlier this winter, will be the horse to beat if the race comes off the grass.