04/05/2006 11:00PM

Turf Paradise track report


Saturday's $35,000 Arizona Stallion Stakes at Turf Paradise is a new game for most in the field - racing on turf. It also presents a problem for handicappers, as seven of the 10 entrants are maidens. The Arizona Stallion, for 3-year-olds sired by an Arizona stallion, is at 7 1/2 furlongs on the grass and only four of the entrants have raced on turf.

Rebuck faded to fifth in his only turf start yet might be favored, based on the speed he showed that day and some proven form against winners. Trained by Glen Wasson, Rebuck was third in an allowance sprint on dirt here Jan. 18, but his form hasn't been as sharp since. In his turf race, Feb. 18 in a nonwinners-of-two allowance, he maintained a lead to the eighth pole before tiring in the final furlong behind stakes types Mr Playwright and Greasewood Flats.

If rider Steve Gomez can get Rebuck to slow down a bit early and save something, Rebuck may carry his speed all the way.

Desert Glory has never been on turf, but he does have one advantage over many of the others - he is a three-time winner. Trained by Larry Wells, Desert Glory comes off a second in a dirt sprint at Turf Paradise Feb. 20. He has ample speed and has beaten Rebuck a few times in the past while sprinting on dirt. Carl Williams rides.

Sir Chester is a maiden, but he has the best turf form in the field. He has been second and third here this meet on the grass. He was no factor here March 25 but was fractious in the gate and blew the start.

Scott Stevens rides Sir Chester, who is by multiple Turf Paradise turf stakes winner Big Sky Chester.