01/21/2010 12:00AM

Twin Sparks, Ez Dreamer head speed parade


The fastest horses on the Turf Paradise grounds, including Twin Sparks, who is the world record-holder for six furlongs, and Ez Dreamer, romping recent winner at Turf Paradise, are among 10 runners set to clash in the $50,000 G Malleah Handicap at the Phoenix track Saturday. The G Malleah, named for the classy sprinter who at one time held the six-furlong world record, is the key prep to the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Feb. 13.

Twin Sparks, owned by Bobbie Parsons and trained by Karl Myers, had always been a nice horse, having run third in this race last year. But he turned into a different kind of animal when he won the Caballos del Sol here Nov. 21. The 7-year-old gelding blasted out to the lead and just kept going, reporting home 11 1/4 lengths in front of Saturday rival Bobadieu in a world-record 1:06.49, good for a Beyer Speed Figure of 106. That time broke the mark of 1:06.53 set by Bob Black Jack at Santa Anita in January 2008.

To show it was no fluke, Twin Sparks came right back to win the Jan. 2 Swift here, earning a 98 Beyer. Ry Eikleberry, who was up for the Swift, has the call again Saturday.

Ez Dreamer has proven his quality here and elsewhere. He finished third and second in a couple of Grade 3 turf races at Hollywood Park in the spring of 2008. but he is also proven sprinting. He ran third in Keeneland's Grade 3 Phoenix Oct. 9. After faltering in the slop at Delta on Dec. 4, he came back here and romped by 5 1/4 lengths in the Cactus Wren for Arizona-breds Dec. 19. The horse he easily beat back into second, One Call, came right back to win.

Owner Triple AAA Ranch and trainer Kory Owens cross-entered Ez Dreamer in Saturday's Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita. Glenn Corbett, who has been aboard for three of his last four wins, has the call again.

Bound to Be MVP has sizzling speed and the rail. He set the pace and ran second in this race last year, beating Twin Sparks. Most recently the 7-year-old Bound to Be MVP dueled with Twin Sparks for the lead in the Swift and stayed on for second.

Such a Shame came from California to whip maidens by 11 3/4 lengths here Nov. 2 and backed it up when he beat restricted claimers by 17 3/4 lengths here Nov. 21. He was claimed that day by current owner Grillz Racing and trainer Dennis Sowers and validated their judgment by wiring allowance foes here Dec. 23 by 2 1/4 lengths, making him 3 for 3 here.