10/15/2008 11:00PM

Two look far above the rest


PHOENIX – Saturday’s divisions of the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Turf Paradise give a couple of runners a chance to further separate themselves from the pack. Racetrack Barbie, a romping winner of her Oct. 3 trial for this race, heads a field of 10 2-year-old fillies in the $91,625 filly division, while Minnetonka Mist, a dazzling 17-length winner in his trial here Oct. 3, looks to validate that form against nine others in the $81,478 male division. Both events, which go as races 7 and 8 on the card, are at six furlongs.

Racetrack Barbie, owned and trained by Jacque Guerra, was third in her debut at Yavapai on Aug. 30 after a sluggish start. She got away smartly in her Oct. 3 trial, dueled for the early lead, and opened up to win easily by 4 3/4 lengths for a 58 Beyer Speed Figure. Racetrack Barbie will again be ridden by Vince Guerra. She opens as the 5-2 favorite but may well go shorter.

Sagebrush Angel and Chikazu, second and third to Racetrack Barbie on Oct. 3, are back for another shot. Sagebrush Angel was the 2-5 favorite against Racetrack Barbie that day, but after stalking the pace was no match for the winner while ending up three lengths ahead of Chikazu. Miguel Hernandez rides

Minnetonka Mist is the the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the male division. Owned by Connie Phillips and trained by David Van Winkle, Minnetonka Mist flashed talent at Canterbury in July, romping in his debut and then finishing third in a stakes. Making his first start since then and first at Turf Paradise, Minnetonka Mist exploded in his Oct. 3 trial, jumping out to a clear early lead and expanding it from there for a geared-down 79 Beyer. Juan Rivera again has the mount on Minnetonka Mist.

Quintons Speedy is tabbed as the 9-2 second choice on the program. Still, he has some work to do as he was third, 19 lengths behind Minnetonka Mist, in the Oct. 3 race. Ry Eikleberry rides.