09/06/2006 11:00PM

Your Bluffing vs. two tough ones


Horse-for-the-course Your Bluffing will try to overcome Sinister G's superior speed and the class edge of Grade 2 winner Mister Fotis in Saturday's $100,000 Charles Hadry Stakes, a one-mile dirt race for older horses at Laurel Park.

The 11-race card, which also includes the $75,000 Humphrey Finney for 3-year-old Maryland-breds, will offer a $10,000-guaranteed 50-cent pick six on races 5-10. One bettor collected $7,499.95 by correctly picking all six winners on Wednesday's program, the first time the guarantee was offered.

Your Bluffing, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Mike Trombetta, owns a 13-for-20 record at Laurel and has been in front at the one-mile call each of the last three times he has raced at the track. He should be primed for a peak effort following a five-furlong bullet workout in mid-August and a fast-closing second in his first start following a three-month layoff going six furlongs on Aug. 25.

Your Bluffing also benefits by picking up the services of Rosie Napravnik, the 18-year-old who won four races on opening day, including the Mister Diz Stakes with Procreate, another Trombetta horse.

Sinister G has flashed high early speed in both starts since coming to trainer Scott Lake's barn. Last time out, he set the pace for the first six furlongs of the Grade 3 Iselin at Monmouth before fading to fourth behind eventual winner Park Avenue Ball. With not much real speed signed on in the Hadry, Sinister G is a definite threat to steal the race on the front end.

Mister Fotis ships up from Florida, where he won the Grade 2 Richter Scale BC Handicap in March, defeating reigning Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Silver Train, and the Kenny Noe, both at seven furlongs. The 5-year-old Mister Fotis will be making his first start since coming under the care of trainer Steve Klesaris and shows two fast recent workouts at Delaware Park.

* An evenly matched group of nine statebreds will contest the Humphrey Finney at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The most accomplished horse in the field, multiple stakes winner Ah Day, has never raced on turf and sports a very low 228 Tomlinson rating for the surface.

Among those who have won on turf, What a Warrior is the only horse who has captured anything other than a maiden race. He won back-to-back allowance races at Philadelphia Park and remained steady on the Beyer Speed Figure scale when he finished third in the $75,000 Nick Shuk against open company at Delaware Park.

Charles Town: Preps for Classic Night

Six stakes winners will tune up for next month's West Virginia Breeders Classic Night in a pair of $40,000, seven-furlong stakes at Charles Town.

King Cohl, winner of the Vincent Moscarelli Breeders Classic for 2-year-olds last October, is rematched with Mike'sgoodandtough, a dominant winner in his local debut, in the Millard Harrell for 3-year-old males.

Two races earlier on the card, Shesagrumptoo, Malibu Sue, and Standing for Peace - all of whom won restricted stakes locally as 2-year-olds - meet the best young female on the grounds this season, Julie B, in the Ruth Funkhouser for 3-year-old fillies.

Both stakes are restricted to statebreds nominated to the West Virginia Breeders Classic series on Oct. 14.

King Cohl, based at Ellis Park since late July with trainer Forrest Kaelin, was the top juvenile male at Charles Town in 2005, winning three consecutive stakes. His form hasn't been nearly as good in three starts this season, however, and he was beaten 8 1/4 lengths by Mike'sgoodandtough in the July 29 Robert Leavitt Memorial Handicap.

The Funkhouser (race 7) offers an intriguing showdown between Shesagrumptoo, who wired allowance horses by a combined 14 1/2 lengths in her last two starts, and Julie B, who shortens up slightly in distance after racing a mile or longer against open stakes company in two of her last three starts. Shesagrumptoo will be facing stakes horses for the first time since she captured the West Virginia Futurity last November.

The last time Julie B went seven furlongs, she came from nearly seven lengths behind to get up by a half-length in the restricted Lady Charles Town Stakes on June 17.

Julie B, trained by George Yetsook, will race wearing blinkers for the first time in the Funkhouser.

Stakes winners Malibu Sue and Standing for Peace are a collective 0 for 4 against Julie B and Shesagrumptoo, though Malibu Sue finished only a neck behind Julie B in an allowance last December.