11/22/2012 11:10AM

Turf Paradise: Page Springs, Lewiston marquee names on four-stakes card

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Page Springs, coming off this win in the Princess of Palms, is the one to catch in the $25,000 Cactus Flower.

PHOENIX – A stakes quartet at Turf Paradise on Saturday gives players something more to sink their teeth into this holiday weekend as the track has carded male and female divisions of the $35,000 Arizona Breeders Futurity as well as the $25,000 Cactus Wren and $25,000 Cactus Flower.

The Arizona Breeders Futurity divisions are for statebred 2-year-olds going six furlongs. Nine colts and geldings will go in race 6; race 8 pits 10 juvenile fillies. The Cactus Flower, at 6 1/2 furlongs for fillies and mares, drew a field of six and goes as race 3, while the Cactus Wren matches 10 3-year-olds and up going 6 1/2 furlongs in race 7.

◗ Lewiston looks to toss his hat in the ring as the top male 2-year-old Arizona-bred as he looks to make it three straight in the colt-and-gelding division of the Futurity. A gelded son of El Roblar owned and trained by Don Schnell, Lewiston debuted at Assiniboia Downs on Sept. 1, finishing third. He came here and beat maidens Oct. 7 and then won the ATBA Sales Stakes here Oct. 20.

His main threat may come from Southern California raider Anytime. Owned by the Triple AAA Ranch and trained by Kory Owens, Anytime is a maiden, but has chased stakes winners such as Rolling Fog and Merit Man.

Douglass, who was third to Lewiston in that Oct. 7 maiden race, comes off a powerful 4 1/4-length maiden win here Nov. 9.

◗ Rock Those Hips and Double Fancy appear the girls to beat in the filly division. Rock Those Hips, owned by G. Chris Coleman and trained by Kevin Eikleberry, whipped maidens by five lengths at Albuquerque on Sept. 19. A daughter of Rocky Bar, she then came here and ran second to romping winner Youbetshewon in the ATBA Sales Stakes on Oct. 20.

Double Fancy, owned by the Sawyer Cattle Company and trained by Dan McFarlane, came back after six months off to easily beat maidens in wire-to-wire fashion here Nov. 9.

◗ The amazingly quick Page Springs, who appears back on track after winning the Princess of Palms here Oct. 6, looks to make it two straight and 6 for 8 here as she heads the Cactus Flower.

Page Springs, a 3-year-old daughter of Rocky Bar, romped in her first five starts here in 2011 but then fell on hard times, losing her next six while competing at Churchill Downs, Saratoga, and Arlington Park. She returned here for the Princess of Palms, with her speed still intact. Page Springs opened up a big early lead as is her style and held nicely to win by 2 1/2 lengths. A Sawyer Cattle Company filly trained by McFarlane, she has worked superbly since, with three straight bullet works.

Her main rival may be Hot On Top, who ran second to her in three of those 2011 races before beating Page Springs in the Arizona Breeders Futurity last Nov. 26. Hot On Top was fourth in the Princess of Palms, her first start in more than 10 months, and third in an allowance here Oct. 29.

◗ Az Ridge could top off a big day for the Sawyer Cattle Company and trainer McFarlane as the 3-year-old shortens up and returns to dirt for the Cactus Wren. A gelded son of Toccet, Az Ridge last ran third in the Jack Coady Sr. on turf Nov. 17. His best work has come on dirt, and he was a fine second, beaten a neck, the last time he ran on dirt in the Pomona Derby at Fairplex on Sept. 22.

One Call makes his first start of the year and could be dangerous. The 6-year-old One Call concluded his 2011 with two straight wins here, including the Walter R. Cluer. Jamaican Memories comes off a third behind last year’s horse of the meet Derive here Oct. 22, and Espresso Springs returns to the site of his best work after last running second at Northlands Park on Aug. 29. He won the Grand Canyon here in the spring.