09/05/2007 11:00PM

Whata Monster tries statebreds in Mister Diz


Although three of the first four finishers from last year's Mister Diz Stakes, including world-record holder and defending champion Procreate, are back to contest Saturday's running of the $50,000 stakes for Maryland-bred turf sprinters, the winner could very well be found elsewhere in the field.

At 9, Procreate appears to have lost a step or two since he set a world record for five furlongs on turf of 53.79 seconds at Gulfstream Park in 2005. He won last year's 5 1/2-furlong Mister Diz when it was taken off the turf, and his best race this year came on a sloppy main track.

Hands On, second a year ago to Procreate in this stakes, has run slower in all three of his starts this season than he did in two strong performances in turf sprints in 2006, and is 0 for 10 in stakes company.

Bingobear, the beaten favorite in the 2006 Mister Diz, is 0 for 5 this year and hasn't finished closer than 3 1/4 lengths to the winner in his three most recent races.

The sharpest and fastest horses on recent form look like Whata Monster and Mr Mutter.

The 4-year-old Whata Monster put together a three-race winning streak during the spring and drops into statebred company for the first time after being used up in a high-priced optional claimer at Laurel last month.

Mr Mutter, a 6-year-old gelding trained by King Leatherbury, was sharp in two turf sprints at Pimlico and an overnight stakes at Delaware before winning the off-the-turf Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National in his most recent start.

Also dangerous, if he can handle the cut back from a route to a sprint, is Wooden Stone. His last four Beyer Speed Figures are all between 91 and 93, which would be good enough to win this race.

The 9-year-old Wooden Stone is cross-entered for the $50,000 optional claiming price in a 1o1/16-mile turf race worth $46,000 at Delaware Park on Sunday.