Lively workouts perked up the Bowie backstretch yesterday as Sensitive Prince and Nasty and Bold cranked up for their showdown today in the $100,000-added Governors Gold Cup at 1 1/16 miles.
Nasty and Bold skipped a half in 46 1/5 seconds with lightweight rider Jean-Luc Samyn in the irons, Sensitive Prince was clocked in 46 3/5 with the heavier exercise boy Jimmy Rhodes up.
Although there will be solid support for Dave's Friend and Star De Naskra, favoritsm is expected to be shared by Nasty And Bold and Sensitive Prince, highweights at 123 and 121, respectively.
Nasty And Bold shows earnings of $225,896 for the year. Sensitive Prince has won $213,294. The former is trained by Phil Johnson and Sensitive Prince is conditioned by Allen Jerkens.
Sensitive Prince was narrowly beaten by affirmed in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga.Nasty And Bold took the measure of Cox's Ridge at Belmont on the same day that Sensitive Prince was taking the measure of Save's Friend which had defeated him in the Marylander at Pimlico.
Star DeNaskra, tabbed at 118 by Racing Secretary Larry Abbundi, was thought to have been the best horse in the Marylander, won by Dave's Friend. Today the son of Naskra wears blinkers for the first time. Leroy Moyers has been assigned the mount.
T.V. Hill is the lightweight and outsider in the five-horse field.
Sensitive Prince should stalk the early pace of Dave's Friend today, while Nasty and Bold will make one run along with Star De Naskra and the outsider, T.V. Hill, Jockey Jacinot Vasquez will have to time his move for the lead on Sensitive Prince and attempt to hold off the late bid of Nasty And Bold.
Trillion, the leading filly in Europe, and the best 3-year-old in Italy, are the first foreign entries for the $200,000 Washington, D.C. International Nov. 4, Laurel Race Course President John D. Schapire announced yesterday.
Edward Stephenson of Warrenton, Va., owns the 4-year-old Trillion and Attilio Palvis races the 3-year-old Stone.
Already in the field from the United States are Nelson Bunker Hunt and Dr. Herbert Schnapka's Excellar, Haakon Fretheim's Noble Dancer II and Dr. Jerome M. Torsney's MacDiarmida.