10/06/2008 11:00PM

Wiredfortwotwenty aims for third straight win

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Wiredfortwotwenty has a name that might be better suited to a Quarter Horse. It turns out he can carry his speed like a Thoroughbred.

During the summer, Wiredfortwotwenty won a maiden race and a first-condition optional claimer for sprinters with ease. Wiredfortwotwenty, a 3-year-old gelding, can win his third consecutive race in an optional claimer over about 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita's hillside turf course on Thursday. The race could lead to a start in the $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express over six furlongs on turf on Nov. 29.

"That would hit him right in the head," trainer Brian Koriner said.

Owned by A&R Stables and Class Racing Stables, Wiredfortwotwenty has won 2 of 3 starts and $72,000. After finishing second in his debut at Hollywood Park on June 7, he won a six-furlong maiden race on the main track by 2o3/4 lengths at Hollywood Park on July 12 and a five-furlong optional claimer on turf by 1 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 31.

"I think he can run on anything," Koriner said. "We've given him plenty of time between starts. Hopefully, with age we can run him a little more often.

"He's so fast right now. He runs the other horses off their feet."

Koriner thinks that Wiredfortwotwenty could be a candidate for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, if he continues to improve. "He could be any kind of horse," he said. "We hope he keeps maturing and developing.

Wiredfortwotwenty is part of a six-horse field in Thursday's race, the seventh race on an eight-race program plagued by short fields. There are 61 horses entered on the program.

Wiredfortwotwenty could face early pressure from Band of Thunder, who is entered for a $62,500 claiming price. Trained by Mike Mitchell, Band of Thunder won an optional $40,000 claimer at Fairplex Park on Sept. 22. Thursday's race will be his first start on turf and the 25th race of his career.

Mitchell said owner Roddy Valente suggested claiming Band of Thunder during the summer with the thought of eventually trying a turf race.

"He picked the horse out," Mitchell said. "Roddy is very sharp. He's a numbers guy."

Also in the race is Stormin Away, a two-time stakes winner in 2007 who returns from a year layoff. Trained by Jeff Mullins, Stormin Away's last start was a win in the restricted War Chant Stakes over a mile on turf last October.