04/04/2006 11:00PM

Turf Paradise track report


You can't keep an old man down. Our Best Man, at the ripe age of 9, showed no signs of losing his competitive nature as he won his 15th race in 95 career starts Sunday at Turf Paradise.

Ridden by Adolfo Morales, Our Best Man beat some relatively young whippersnappers in the day's fifth race, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of 6-year-old Il Meglio, with 5-year-old Adobe Hills another length back in third. Our Best Man paid $7 to win, and covered the 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf in 1:30 for trainer David Van Winkle.

"He has a little age on him, but still has lots of heart," said Van Winkle. "He won a few stakes when he was younger. I was certainly proud of him."

Our Best Man's win put him over the $300,000 mark in career earnings.

* Trainer Nick Hines's stakes slump at Turf Paradise is over. The Southern California-based trainer sent out Horse B With You to easily win last Saturday's $40,000 Scottsdale Handicap at about a mile on the turf over six other 3-year-old fillies.

"It took me 12 years to break the Phoenix jinx and win a stakes," said Hines. "I'm coming back with this filly. I don't know for what stakes or when, but I'm on a roll and I'm coming back."

Claimed by Hines for $80,000 on Feb. 4 at Santa Anita, Horse B With You finished out of the money in her next start, the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks, before winning the Scottsdale.

"She was so relaxed," said rider Tony Farina. "Very smooth trip. When I said go, she did. Mr. Hines had her in peak condition."