Stakes winners Clock Stopper and Gold Storm highlight a field of six sprinters pointed toward Sunday's $60,000 Colonel Power Handicap, going six-furlongs at Fair Grounds. The two runners last met at Lone Star Park in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), where Clock Stopper finished sixth and Gold Storm finished ninth.
Clock Stopper, a 5-year-old son of Gilded Time
will be making his first start of the year and looking for his first stakes win since winning the 2003 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland. The Overbrook Farm color bearer placed in graded stakes five times in 2004 without visiting the winner's circle.
Trained by Dallas Stewart, Clock Stopper finished third in the Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Pimlico in his last outing. He also has placed in the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III), Forego Handicap (gr. I), Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II), and the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II).
Clock Stopper has been assigned the 122-pound highweight and will break from the one-hole under jockey Robby Albarado.
In entering the Colonel Power Stewart said, "We would like to get a win to get his confidence back up."
The Bubba Casio-trained Gold Storm hasn't raced since the Breeders' Cup. The 5-year-old son of Seeking the Gold
will break from the five-hole under jockey Elvis Perrodin.
In 2004, Gold Storm finished second in the Phoenix Breeders' Cup, and won the Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint and the J.R. Straus Memorial Stakes at Retama Park.
The field for Sunday's $60,000 Colonel Power Handicap includes:
1 -- Clock Stopper (Robby Albarado, 122)
2 -- Spooky Mulder (Carlos Marquez, 114)
3 -- Nebraska Moon (Brian Hernandez, 114)
4 -- Artemus Sunrise (Larry Melancon, 114)
5 -- Gold Storm (Elvis Perrodin, 120)
6 -- Ole Rebel (Corey Lanerie, 117)