09/04/2008 11:00PM

Yesbyjimminy on a hot streak


MIAMI - Yesbyjimminy has won three straight races, earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in his last two starts, and dominated the Major Moran overnight stakes last month, so it was surprising to see him still hanging around town instead of looking for greener and more lucrative pastures up north.

Instead, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will send his red-hot speedster out over his home course one more time as the heavy favorite in the $55,000 Whippleton Stakes, a six-furlong overnight dash that shares top billing Sunday at Calder with the $55,000 Puck Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards.

"The owners are from down here, and they like to race their horse down here," explained Plesa when asked why Yesbyjimminy has yet to ship to New Jersey, where he's kept most of his better horses this summer.

Yesbyjimminy, a homebred owned by Trilogy Stables, was rated among the top 3-year-old sprinters on the grounds here last summer after finishing third in the Grade 2 Carry Back and winning the Eillo Stakes with a 110 Beyer. He also was second against older horses in the 2007 edition of the Whippleton.

Stopped on due to a minor injury last fall, Yesbyjimminy needed a couple of starts before getting back on his best game with a hard fought allowance win July 11. Since then, he's barely worked up a sweat, defeating allowance company by eight lengths on July 25 as a prelude to a similarly easy four-length triumph in the 6 1/2-furlong Major Moran just 16 days later.

"Sometimes it takes them a little while to get confident and comfortable when coming back from an injury," Plesa said. "Then he just took off. Breaking from the 1-hole is the biggest question mark on Sunday, but if he runs well again, then maybe we'll start thinking about looking for something out of town."

Yesbyjimminy will carry high weight of 121 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Whippleton, although he must concede a mere two pounds to his six rivals. Dukes Flying Tiger and Machismo, second and third in the Major Moran, top the competition.

Wise Answer seeks rebound in Puck

Wise Answer, the leading 2-year-old on the grounds at this time last fall, will attempt to relive some of his glory days when he takes on six rivals in the Puck.

Wise Answer has gone winless in five starts at 3 after winning three stakes, including the In Realty finale of the Florida Stallion Stakes series by 10 lengths, as a juvenile. The son of Wised Up finally showed signs that he might be cycling back to his best form when he finished second behind Hypocrite in the Valid Video Stakes on Aug. 2.

Hypocrite followed his victory in the Valid Video with a come-from-behind three-quarter-length triumph in the one-mile Donthelumbertrader Stakes. The late-striding 3-year-old will be favored in the Puck against a lineup that also consists of top contenders He's Eze and Dream Maestro.

* Paco Lopez will again be aboard Yesbyjimminy in the Whippleton. Lopez, who has ridden more winners than any other apprentice in North America in 2008, will lose his five-pound allowance Tuesday.

* Calder will revert to its new weekly schedule for live racing this week, when dark Monday through Wednesday. The track remains open for simulcasting on a daily basis throughout the year.