04/25/2007 11:00PM

Yesbyjimminy gives two turns new try


The lure of a potential starting berth in the Kentucky Derby will keep Imawildandcrazyguy out of Saturday's $100,000 Unbridled Stakes at Calder. But the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds still remains a strong and competitive event topped by the trio of Yesbyjimminy, Green Vegas, and Hal's My Hope.

Trainer Bill Kaplan decided Thursday to scratch Imawildandcrazguy out of the Unbridled and ship his Grade 3-placed colt to Churchill Downs in the hopes of cracking the Kentucky Derby lineup when entries are drawn Wednesday. Imawildandcrazyguy was 23rd on the graded earnings list as of Thursday afternoon.

With Imawildandcrazyguy out, Yesbyjimminy could go to post as the slight favorite in the Unbridled despite the fact that he remains unproven around two turns. The son of Yes It's True comes off a game second-place finish behind the speedy Street Magician in the seven-furlong Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 31. It was the first start for Yesbyjimminy since he finished third in the Jack Price Juvenile at Calder on Nov. 11.

Yesbyjimminy, a winner of 4 of 7 tries, has made one previous start around two turns, finishing a tiring third as the 6-5 favorite in the Foolish Pleasure Breeders' Cup Stakes in September.

Green Vegas won the Foolish Pleasure as a stepping-stone to his upset victory in the In Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, with both triumphs coming around two turns. But Green Vegas, a consistent son of Trippi, is winless in five subsequent starts, including four stakes placings and a fourth-place finish in the Aventura.

Hal's My Hope will make his first start since having to miss the Gradeo1 Florida Derby due to a minor health issue last month. The homebred finished fifth behind Kentucky Derby candidates Scat Daddy, Stormello, and Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 3.

Hollywood Wildcat: 'Potra' returns

Potra Clasica will be back to defend her title in the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Potra Clasica led throughout en route to a 1 3/4-length decision over Formal Miss in the 2006 Hollywood Wildcat but has since turned into a late-running threat, having rallied to finish third in the Grade 3 Suwanee River Handicap, second in the Wayward Lass, and fourth in the Magna Distaff Stakes in her three starts this season.

"As she's gotten older, she seems to have lost some of her speed and become a better closer," trainer Marty Wolfson said. "But there isn't a lot of speed in this field, so I wouldn't be surprised to either see her on the lead like last year or just behind Silversider and Somethinaboutbetty."

Somethinaboutbetty stretches out off a series of sprint races for trainer Todd Pletcher. The versatile filly is winless in eight previous starts on grass, although she did finish second in five of those outings.

La Dolce Vita, third in the Grade 3 Orchid Handicap behind odds-on favorite Safari Queen, and Grade 3 winner Meribel figure to give Potra Clasica her stiffest challenges in defense of her title.

Ponche: Tough field of 14

Horses for the course Weigelia, Nightmare Affair, and Tour of the Cat return to their favorite track while topping a full and very competitive field of 14 speedsters in the six-furlong, $100,000 Ponche Handicap.

Weigelia has won 7 of 16 starts at Calder, including the Grade 3 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap by 4 3/4 lengths in December. He has gone winless in three subsequent starts, two at Tampa Bay Downs and the third at Gulfstream Park.

Nightmare Affair, a nine-time winner of more than $650,000 at Calder, returns from Dubai, where he finished next to last in the Golden Shaheen on March 31. A stretch-running son of Out of Place, Nightmare Affair finished third behind Thor's Echo in both the Breeders' Cup Sprint and the Grade 1 DeoFrancis Memorial Handicap to close out his 2006 campaign.

Tour of the Cat has 11 wins in 21 tries at Calder and appears to be rounding back to his best form after winning a second-level optional claiming and allowance race at Gulfstream on April 18.

Mach Ride returns home for the first time since a second-place finish behind the odds-on Too Much Bling in the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes last summer at Calder, where Mach Ride ran against the bias. He also figures among the key contenders in the Ponche, along with Rexson's Rose, D'artagnans'spirit, and Guapeton.