06/22/2007 11:00PM

Ward enjoys successful 3-day span

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MIAMI - Trainer Wesley Ward got off to a bit of a slow start in his first full-time summer campaign on the south Florida circuit. But the former rider certainly made up for lost time by sending out six winners from seven starters during a three-day span beginning Thursday and ending with Big Brian T's popular victory in Saturday's opener.

Among Ward's half-dozen winners was the speedy 2-year-old filly Excessive Heat, who cruised to an easy five-length victory over 3-5 favorite Cherokee Beauty in Friday's main event. The race, decided under first-level allowance conditions, will serve as a prep for her next start in the $100,000 J J'sdream Stakes on July 7.

"I brought her here from California for the racetrack," said Ward, who also is campaigning strings in New York and on the West Coast this summer. "She didn't like the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park."

Ward bred and is co-owner of Excessive Heat along with Donna Butler. The Cal-bred daughter of Bring the Heat won her career debut going two furlongs at Santa Anita but finished last following an unlucky start in Hollywood's Cinderella Stakes in her second start.

* Another speedy 2-year-old with an eye on the July 7 Summit of Speed card is Yonagucci, who won his only start by 8 3/4 lengths over a sloppy track here June 2. The Manny Azpurua-trained son of Yonaguska tuned up for his likely appearance in the $100,000 Criterium Stakes by working a bullet half-mile in 47.60 seconds Saturday morning.

* A pair of second-level allowance races worth $28,000 each highlight Monday's nine-race card.

The fourth event, carded at a mile on the turf for fillies and mares, will bring together the speedy Ms Wonder Woman and stakes-placed El Bank Robber, both of whom should be eager to get back on grass after disappointing tries on the main track.

Ms Wonder Woman forced the pace for six furlongs before faltering to finish fifth in the Saras Success Stakes on May 26 following a good third-place effort behind recent stakes winner Silver Charades in her 2007 debut on grass.

El Bank Robber finished third as the 2-1 favorite over a sloppy track after having run second in the grassy Cool Air Stakes in her previous start.

Monday's eighth race will be decided at a mile on the main track and features the 3-year-old debut of Villainage, runner-up in the opening two legs of the 2006 Florida Stallion Stakes.