11/08/2007 12:00AM

Yes He's the Man won't be 20-1 this time

EmailMIAMI - Yes He's the Man not only surprised the betting public, he also surprised his trainer, David Braddy, when he drew off to an easy victory making his two-turn debut in last month's Grade 3 Spend a Buck Handicap. The question is whether Yes He's the Man can stretch out another sixteenth of a mile and repeat the performance against virtually the same field in the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic, the last of eight stakes for statebreds on Saturday's $1.2 million Florida Million Day card at Calder.

Yes He's the Man was 20-1 in the 1 1/16-mile Spend a Buck but ran more like a 2-5 shot. He rated kindly on a short lead before pulling away with authority down the stretch to post a 4 3/4-length decision over the 9-5 Electrify. The win was the first this year in five starts for Yes He's the Man, a two-time sprint stakes winner before being sidelined by injury as a 3-year-old in 2006.

"To be honest, he really did surprise me the way he won last time," said Braddy, who owns and bred Yes He's the Man in partnership with Joel Sainer. "I always thought he probably could get two turns but you never really know until they actually try it."

Yes He's the Man won the six-furlong Naked Greed and 5 1/2-furlong Select Stakes during the spring of his 3-year-old campaign, but was discovered to have a fractured pelvis following a couple of subpar performances later that summer. The injury sidelined him for 11 months. The Spend a Buck was his fifth start on the comeback trail.

"Naturally the plan will try to put him on the lead again Saturday, but things don't always work out that way and we're not going to kill him to get the lead," said Braddy.

Five of Yes He's the Man's seven rivals in the 1 1/8-mile Carl Rose Classic return from the Spend a Buck, including Electrify and Summer Book. Electrify will again carry high weight of 121 pounds, earned by virtue of a pair of easy stakes wins earlier this year.

Imawildandcrazyguy is one of the two new faces in the lineup and a major contender returning to the main track off a couple of stakes placings on grass.

The Carl Rose will share top billing on Florida Million Day with its filly and mare counterpart, the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

The 1 1/16-mile Elmer Heubeck drew a very well-matched field of eight, led by local division leaders Annabill and Cat Can Do, along with northern invaders Bayou Lassie and Peach Flambe.

Bayou Lassie, who began her career with two main-track victories here at 3, returns to dirt off a series of turf outings for her new trainer, Christophe Clement.

"I couldn't find any stakes for her anywhere on grass so I'll try her again on dirt," said Clement. "If she runs well, great, and if not we'll put her back on grass later in the meet in the My Charmer."