08/17/2005 11:00PM

We Brothers towers over field

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Two divisions of the same race, two completely different looks.

The $20,000 Yavapai Derby, for 3-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles, has been split into two divisions Saturday, races 7 and 8.

In the first division, We Brothers appears to hold all the aces and will be an overwhelming favorite. In the second division, recent winners At Sunrise, Lute Oatson, Captain Barbosso, Fool's Destiny, and the filly Reds Fling provide a deep, competitive event. Each division drew a field of eight.

We Brothers, owned by Stephen Zimmerman and trained by John Zimmerman, comes off two impressive allowance route victories here. He beat nonwinners-of-two foes by 11 lengths going a mile in the mud here July 25, then came right back to prevail by a head over nonwinners-of-three foes going a mile here Aug. 7. Miguel Hernandez keeps the ride.

We Brothers's main opposition figures to again come from Lion D' Art. Trained by Jerry Atkin, Lion D' Art finished second to We Brothers on the grass at Turf Paradise April 23, then again here July 25. He's worked well since and may be ready to turn the tables. Carl Williams rides.

In the second division, favoritism may fall to Lute Oatson. Trained by Bobbie Grissom, Lute Oatson was a smashing winner of the Top Hat here June 7, but he hasn't raced since. He does, however, boast a couple of Del Mar works for Saturday's race, his first at a route.

At Sunrise loves this place, having rattled off three straight easy victories here for trainer Bill Brashears. He takes a hefty step up from claiming races, but he has speed. Daniel Vergara rides.

Captain Barbosso comes off a rallying sprint win over restricted claimers here Aug. 7 and is another who seems to have a fondness for this place.

The filly Reds Fling didn't miss by much in a mile allowance race here June 25, then came right back with a strong rally to win the Helen Anthony Memorial here Aug. 7. This is a longer distance than she's used to, but she certainly is sharp and demands respect.