02/25/2010 12:00AM

Two 3-year-olds put streaks on line


Our Commander, perfect in three starts over Laurel Park's main track, and Deputy Daney, unbeaten in his first three starts, both have something to prove when they meet for the first time in the $70,000 Miracle Wood Stakes.

The Miracle Wood, a seven-furlong race that drew a field of 12 3-year-olds, goes as race 10 at Laurel and kicks off this week's Magna 5.

Our Commander, who ran his local winning streak to three races when he took the Maryland Juvenile Championship in December, returns to his home track after a dismal race going two turns over Aqueduct's inner track in the Count Fleet.

Our Commander also comes from a barn that knows how to win elongated sprints with fresh horses. Trainer Gary Capuano is 25 for 70 (36 percent) the last three years with horses racing 6 1/2 to seven furlongs first time back from a 31- to 60-day layoff, according to DRF's Formulator.

Deputy Daney, based at Philadelphia Park with trainer Cathal Lynch, will try to stretch his speed beyond six furlongs for the first time after winning his stakes debut in the Jimmy Winkfield at Aqueduct five weeks ago.

Lynch is 6 for 20 the last three years with layoff horses racing 6 1/2 to seven furlongs.

Although the Miracle Wood is a local prep in Maryland's series for

3-year-olds leading up to the Preakness, Turf Melody is the lone runner in Saturday's field who is an early Triple Crown nomination.

A half-brother to two-time graded turf stakes winner Stanley Park, Turf Melody ships north after running sixth in the Grade 3 Lecomte at Fair Grounds. In his lone appearance at Laurel, Turf Melody won going a mile.