The Jim Beam Stakes field

Updated: March 28, 1998, 2:29 PM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN SportsZone

A major power failure at the track caused the Jim Beam Stakes to be postponed until Sunday.

Eddie Mac at the Track's horse-by-horse analysis (a-entry):

NITE DREAMER (5-1)
Jockey: Craig Perret
Trainer: Niall O'Callaghan
Weight: 121
Just missed at 34-1 against the promising Comic Strip in the Louisiana Derby, but he has seconditis and only a maiden win. He has lost six straight since his 6-furlong debut in August at Woodbine. Grandson of Sadler's Wells has a pedigree that says distance, but his figures say be wary. Maybe he belongs underneath in the exotics, but won't win unless Event of the Year flops.

 

EVENT OF THE YEAR (8-5)
Jockey: Russell Baze
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Weight: 121
Son of Seattle Slew looks like a classics contender and has the right pedigree. He's unbeaten (but untested) and the Beam will be only his fourth career start. Dominated the 1 1/16-mile El Camino Real Derby last time at Bay Meadows, winning easily by 3 1/2 lengths in fast time. Earned a 105 Beyer figure that day in his first try around two turns, and there was plenty left in the tank at the finish.

"What impressed me was how he came home," assistant trainer Jay Warhol said. "He wasn't all out." Has tactical speed, and his stalking style will serve him well here and down the road. Looks like powerful chalk. If he had a little more seasoning, I might be leaning toward him as my Derby horse.


 

MR. FREEZE (50-1)
Jockey: Francisco Torres
Trainer: Charles Dickey
Weight: 121
The best thing about this 1-for-9 colt is his name. The only way he could win is if his namesake, the Batman villain, freezes the rest of the field at the top of the stretch. Only win came in the mud at Oaklawn, and his Beyers wouldn't dominate many maidens.

 

a-SORCEROR (15-1)
Jockey: Jack Neagle
Trainer: Jack Van Berg
Weight: 121
Van Berg has taken over the horses of Jim McIngvale, the Texas-based mattress manufacturer who fires trainers more often than most unmarried males change their sheets. Van Berg, the Hall of Famer who developed Alysheba, succeeds Nick Zito, Steve Moyer and Leonard Atkinson. All of them were dismissed in the past month, and you wonder how long Van Berg, a no-nonsense guy from the old school, will put up with Mattress Mac's antics. Sorceror is eligible for non-winners-of-1 and is in way over his head. A no-hoper.

 

a-YUKON PETE (15-1)
Jockey: Dean Kutz
Trainer: Jack Van Berg
Weight: 121
Son of former Canadian star Peteski is 3-for-4 and has run well twice at Turfway. He'll draw money again, and his improving form and tactical speed may put him in position to win. But he's coming off two lifetime tops and may go backward. Also wears front bandages, not a good sign for a young horse. I'll throw him out.

 

YARROW BRAE (10-1)
Jockey: Laffit Pincay
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Weight: 121
Lukas is stabbing with a colt who is 0-for-4 in stakes and doesn't show much in the speed figures department. Moves up on off tracks, but even if it rains, I can't see him doing anything.

 

SILVER LAUNCH (8-1)
Jockey: Pat Johnson
Trainer: Nick Zito
Weight: 121
His pedigree is slanted more toward speed but he won his only try at 1 1/8 miles, the Beam distance. That was in a preliminary allowance, though, and a number of others in here look far tougher. He's 0-for-2 on off tracks but with his excellent off-track breeding, keep an eye on him if the rains come. Otherwise, stay away.

 

TRULUCK (8-1)
Jockey: Pat Day
Trainer: Elliott Walden
Weight: 121
Lightly raced colt by Conquistador Cielo remains eligible for non-winners-of-2 allowances, so this is a big jump. Walden is one of the nation's best young trainers, and he's been saving his ammunition for the spring after a quiet meet at Gulfstream. Still, this guy's numbers aren't much and I can't see him doing much damage in the Beam. Maybe later.

 

TIME LIMIT (5-1)
Jockey: Shane Sellers
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Weight: 121
The opposite of Event of the Year: has plenty of experience and obvious limitations. Son of speed sire Gilded Time is 0-for-6 around two turns, although he usually doesn't miss by much. His career highlights are an upset of the wacky Coronado's Quest in the Hutcheson at Gulfstream and a distant second to Favorite Trick at Keeneland last fall. Worked a bullet at 5 furlongs Monday at Churchill, so at least he's wired. "He went great," said assistant trainer Mike Maker. "You couldn't ask for anything better." This time of year, trainers of 3-year-olds always say that. Will be part of the pace and should be backing up at the finish, as he did in the Louisiana Derby.


 



The picks: 1. Event Of The Year; 2. Nite Dreamer; 3. Silver Launch.