LAUREL, MD. 10-25-08---Toby Roth’s Lycurgus hadn’t raced on dirt since last spring, but when the $50,000 Mister Diz Stakes was moved to the sloppy main track from the turf, the Not For Love gelding proved the off-going is just as much to his liking.

Josue Arce kept Lycurgus wide and just off a spirited pace, then moved up effortlessly to collar the leaders and powered away to win by a length in 1:03.98 for the 5-1/2 furlong distance. Saay Mi Name started his move behind the winner, could not reach him going to the wire and finished second. Norjac, who was part of the early pace, stayed on to take third.

Trainer Scott Lake was in Santa Anita Park this afternoon where he saddled True to Tradition to a seventh place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. He started both Lycurgus and Cayman Condo in this race.

“I was confident after talking to Lake on the phone,” Arce said. “After the break we ended up just a few lengths off the lead. I knew it was mine because down the stretch he is the man.”

The winner paid $17.40. Twelve runners had entered the Mister Diz but four scratched when day long rain forced the race off the grass. Cayman Condo, the even-money favorite, ran evenly and finished fourth.

“When we enter a horse we want to run the horse, no matter what,” said Roth. “I had great faith in Acre. He’s a wonderful jock. He knows this horse and Lycurgus is a horse who has a tremendous amount of heart. If he’s first, second or third coming into the home stretch, nobody is going to beat him.”

Arce has been aboard the five-year-old five times and they have never been off the board, including two victories.


HEROS REWARD FIFTH IN BREDEERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT

Laurel Park-based Heros Reward finished a strong fifth this afternoon in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. Trained by Dale Capuano, the 2007 Maryland-bred horse of the year finished two lengths behind longshot winner Desert Storm in the 6 1/2 furlong test and was less than a length out of the money.

The son of Partner’s Hero, who won the Turf Sprint on the Preakness undercard the last two years, earned $29,875 to boost his career figures to $911,216.