11/24/2011 1:12PM

Turf Paradise: Page Springs brings perfect mark to futurity


PHOENIX – Page Springs, unbeaten and untested in five career starts, looks to continue her domination as she leads a field of 12 Arizona-bred 2-year-old fillies in the $35,000 fillies division of the Arizona Breeders Futurity Saturday at Turf Paradise. About an hour later, A Political Time tries to cement his status atop the 2-year-old Arizona-bred male class as he leads a field of 12 in the $35,000 male division of the Arizona Breeders Futurity. Each event is at six furlongs on the main track.

Page Springs has been nothing short of devastating in her five starts. She kicked off her career with a 13 1/4-length maiden win here April 22 and then captured the ATBA Spring Sales Stakes here May 8 by seven lengths. She won the Prairie Gold Lassie at Prairie Meadows July 16 by 3 1/2 lengths, and then won an allowance race here Oct. 1 by 14 3/4 lengths. Page Springs won geared down by 3 1/2 lengths to capture the Oct. 16 ATBA Fall Sales Stakes.

Page Springs’s last four Beyer Speed Figures have been in the mid-70s, which puts her well ahead of her rivals. Despite her success, trainer Dan McFarlane is adding blinkers to her equipment. Glenn Corbett rides Page Springs, a daughter of Rocky Bar owned by the Sawyer Cattle Company.

Hot on Top has been second to Page Springs in three straight races. A stretch-running daughter of Old Topper, Hot on Top is getting closer, though.

After losing by seven and then 14 3/4 lengths, she finished well to end up 3 1/2 lengths behind Page Springs in the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes and got a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 67. Another step forward could see her challenge Page Springs. Jake Barton rides.

◗ A Political Time’s impressive qualifying win here Nov. 11 stamps him the one to beat in the male division of the Arizona Breeders Futurity. A son of Top Hit trained by Kevin Eikleberry, A Political Time has seemingly improved with every start, most recently with the addition of blinkers.

He dueled for the lead and lost by just a nose to top Arizona-bred 2-year-old male Az Ridge in the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes Oct. 16, finishing 6 1/2 lengths clear of third. A Political Time came back to lead all the way and win by four lengths in the trial for this. He earned Beyer Speed Figures of 70 for those two starts. Ry Eikleberry rides.

A Political Time’s main opposition may come from Ten Ninety Seven, who was a troubled third behind him in the trial and who beat him when they met here Oct. 1. Also in the fields are Tribal Talker and Uncle Glen, the one-two finishers of another trial for this race. Tribal Talker won by three-quarters of a length for a Beyer Speed Figure of 68, with Uncle Glen getting a Beyer Speed Figure of 66 in what was his debut.