12/29/2012 1:47PM

Turf Paradise: Administer comes south for Kruytbosch in sharp form


PHOENIX – The Northern California-based Administer invades Turf Paradise Monday for the $35,000 Luke Kruytbosch Stakes. The Kruytbosch, named for the Turf Paradise track announcer who died in 2008 when just 47, is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the main track and drew a field of 12.

Administer, owned by Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd. and trained by Blaine Wright, has won three of his five starts, all in Northern California. After breaking his maiden on Golden Gate’s synthetic track in his second start on Sept. 1, he ran fourth at Fresno – his only dirt try – Oct. 7. He bounced back to beat first-level allowance foes on the Golden Gate turf Nov. 3 and then won a stronger allowance event in a race washed off the turf there Nov. 22.

Administer since has posted a bullet six-furlong workout there in 1:14.80. Richard Hamel rides from post 9.

Major Magic, trained by Robertino Diodoro, looks to validate his sharp recent turf form on the main track. He won the Jack Coady Sr. on turf here Nov. 17 and was then a sharp second in a $32,000 turf sprint at Betfair Hollywood Park Dec. 6.

The surface shouldn’t be an issue. He won his only dirt try, which came in his debut at Charles Town in June 2011. Jorge Carreno rides.

Boca Bay dueled for the lead and fizzled, ending up seventh, in the Jack Coady Sr., but may appreciate returning to dirt for trainer Molly Pearson. Three of his four wins have come on dirt.

Desert Lightning looked like a new horse blasting $3,000 claimers in his first route here Dec. 23.

Congrats Ski won two straight grass races here in impressive fashion earlier in the fall before failing to threaten in the Jack Coady Sr. He has won on dirt.

Az Ridge is a proven commodity, and his strong second in the Pomona Derby at Fairplex on dirt stamps him a major player. His two wins came on this main track.