05/26/2006 12:00AM

Wild L comes off tough-trip second


ALTOONA, Iowa - Wild L tries for his first stakes victory when he heads a competitive field of eight Iowa-bred 3-year-olds in Sunday's $55,000-added Gray's Lake Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

A gelded son of Vicar, suffered his first defeat in his last start, a second-level statebred allowance at six furlongs. Wild L had a tough trip in that May 12 contest, racing just off the early leader before being forced to steady from tight quarters entering the turn and losing several lengths. He gathered himself and came again to challenge through the stretch before finishing second, beaten three-quarters of a length by older rival Will E Scat.

Prior to that start, Wild L had rallied from well off the pace to capture his first two career outings. Dick Clark has given the return call to Glenn Corbett, who has ridden Wild L in all three of his starts. With plenty of early speed entered in Sunday's six-furlong Gray's Lake, Wild L figures to revert to a late-running style.

The undefeated , trained by Lynn Chleborad, is a major danger to Wild L in the Gray's Lake. Dazzling Man began his career here on April 25 and overcame a wide trip to score a 2 1/2-length victory over Iowa-bred maiden special weight company. He returned just 10 days later and dueled throughout a six-furlong allowance to score a game neck victory under jockey Carlos Montalvo, who has a return call on Sunday.

is the only stakes winner entered in the Gray's Lake. He won the Iowa Cradle here last August for trainer Todd Hoffrogge. Timetobook is winless in five starts since the Iowa Cradle, but may be rounding into form following a good second-place finish in his last start. He dueled inside of older multiple stakes winner Wild Wild West to midstretch before dropping a 1 3/4-length decision to that rival. Joel Campbell picks up the mount aboard Timetobook.