09/22/2004 11:00PM

Wire Bound back with own kind in turf race


MIAMI - After getting a taste of older horses for the first time in the Miami Mile Breeders' Cup, the 3-year-old Wire Bound returns against his own age group and should get back on the winning track in Saturday's $40,000 Sir Omni Stakes on the Calder turf. The 1 1/16-mile Sir Omni serves as a prep for the Grade 3 Calder Derby on Oct. 23.

Wire Bound finished fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths by the 7-year-old Twilight Road, in the Grade 3 Miami Mile. The effort was impressive considering it came over a yielding course and was his first start since a fifth-place finish in Delaware's Grade 3 Kent Handicap 11 weeks earlier.

Wire Bound, a son of Hesabull, moved to the top of the local 3-year-old turf division with a decisive 2 3/4-length victory in the Simply Majestic Stakes here on May 22. Four weeks earlier, he had captured a second-level allowance in his only previous start on turf.

Trainer Manuel Criollo will hand the reins over to jockey Manuel Cruz, who will ride Wire Bound for the first time in the Sir Omni. Wire Bound is slated to carry high weight of 122 pounds under the allowance conditions of the event.

Sovereign Honor and Cervelo, first and second in the Needles Stakes on Aug. 28, and Frolic for Joy may provide Wire Bound with his sternest competition.

Sovereign Honor led throughout and drew off to an easy 3 1/4-length victory in the Needles. The victory was the first in 11 starts this year for Sovereign Honor, who finished well behind Wire Bound in their two previous meetings.

Cervelo had won two races in a row, including the Jackie Wackie Stakes, prior to finishing a wide-running second behind Sovereign Honor in the Needles. He, too, finished well behind Wire Bound in the Simply Majestic, but will bring much better form into Saturday's rematch.

Frolic for Joy has won three of his last four starts by an average margin of more than nine lengths and proved his ability to handle a route of ground when he easily defeated older horses going 1 1/16 miles under second-level allowance conditions on Aug. 28. He has never raced on the turf, although his dam, Lindsay Frolic, was a stakes winner on grass. He faces the prospect of an early pace battle with Sovereign Honor.

Flight to Justice, Silversandsoftime, and D. L. Renzo round out the field.