08/05/2003 11:00PM

Twelve enter W.Va. Derby


Five graded winners were among the 12 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday's $600,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Race Track.

Post positions for the 1 1/8-mile West Virginia Derby were to be drawn on Thursday morning at a breakfast at the track. Last year, the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby became the first race in the state to carry a grade.

The field, with riders, is Cat Singer (Hector Rosario Jr.), Coax Kid (Jason Lumpkins), Colita (Jose Santos), Dr. E. Claire (Solomon Salguero), During (Dana Whitney), Dynever (Edgar Prado), Lone Star Sky (John McKee), Miss Karry Thenews (Francisco Garcia), Mobil (Jorge Chavez), Outta Here (Kent Desormeaux), Soto (Ramon Dominguez), and Supah Blitz (Cornelio Velasquez).

Under the allowance conditions of the race, During, the winner of the Grade 2 Swaps, carries 119 pounds as the highweight. The other graded winners in the field are Dynever, Lone Star Sky, Mobil, and Soto.

The locally based runners are Dr. E. Clair and the lone filly in the field, Miss Karry Thenews.

Dynever, Lone Star Sky, Outta Here, and Supah Blitz all competed in Triple Crown races.

Dynever, who is trained by Christophe Clement, has not run since finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. He was beaten 10 1/4 lengths by the winner, Empire Maker. Earlier in the year, Dynever won the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby.

Clement said that Dynever, who is owned by Peter Karches and Catherine Wills, needed a break after the 1 1/2-mile Belmont.

"We needed to regroup," Clement said Wednesday from Saratoga. "Whenever you get a horse ready for the Belmont Stakes, it isn't a walk in the park. We didn't do much with him for four or five weeks after the race. He seems well and is a fresh horse."

Last year's West Virginia Derby was won by Wiseman's Ferry, who was ridden by Chavez.

Six other stakes will share the card with the West Virginia Derby: the $100,000 Governor's Handicap; $85,000 Harvey Arneault Memorial Handicap; $85,000 Senate President's Cup; $85,000 Delegates Speaker's Cup; $85,000 Legislature Chairman's Cup; and $85,000 Secretary of State Stakes.

The West Virginia Derby will be shown during a live ESPN telecast that begins at 5 p.m. Eastern and also features the Grade 1 Sword Dancer from Saratoga Race Course.