11/26/2005 12:00AM

Wire Bound rallies to win Pass the Line

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Wire Bound took advantage of a fast pace, rallying from last to register a neck decision over Midwest invader Pulpit Talk in Saturday's $40,000 Pass the Line Stakes at Calder.

Wire Bound, a 4-year-old son of Hesabull, was making only his second start, and his first on turf, since April 9 in the Pass the Line, a 7 1/2-furlong turf race. Unhurried for the opening half-mile, Wire Bound circled five wide around the second turn, took control near the eighth pole, then outgamed Pulpit Talk to the wire.

Pulpit Talk, who also has been lightly raced since the spring, rallied four wide into the stretch after sitting off the early pace and continued willingly through the final furlong to be second-best. Cervelo showed improved speed with the addition of blinkers, contesting a rapid early pace with the 2-1 favorite, Runnintothealter, and did well to hang on for third.

Gin Rummy Champ, Runnintothealter, Ricardo A, and Hear No Evil rounded out the complete order of finish. The Pass the Line lost some of its luster when morning-line favorites Saint Stephen and Keep Cool were among the six horses scratched from the original starting lineup.

Wire Bound is trained by Manuel Criollo for Silver Diamond Thoroughbreds Inc. and was ridden by Eduardo Nunez. The Pass the Line was Wire Bound's second stakes win in six starts this year. He also captured the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup in February.

Wire Bound covered the distance in 1:27.94 over a firm course and paid $6.80.