"This might be my last horse," said Nancy Klapatch as she led Old Standard from his stall. The 3-year-old California gelding has never run, but he has "Hollywood times" for his works at 3 and 4 furlongs.

"This might be my last horse," said Nancy Klapatch as she led Old Standard from his stall. The 3-year-old California gelding has never run, but he has "Hollywood times" for his works at 3 and 4 furlongs.

"He's so fit he's in danger of hurting himself," she said.

Old Standard's famous ancestors include Mr. Prospector, Northern Dancer and Bold Ruler. He'll get a chance to follow in their hoof prints Sunday in the first race when veteran jockey Flip Noler will try him at 5 1/2; furlongs.

Klapatch's other racehorse, Black Magic, is entered today in the sixth race. Also ridden by Noler, the 6-year-old won both his starts here last year.

Klapatch has been training horses at Grants Pass Downs since the 1970s. The semi-retired schoolteacher boasts a history of surprises.

Black Easter is Randy Richmond's first racehorse.

"He's running in the second race today, and he's going to win. He's a hot item," said Richmond, who was given the 5-year-old last year. At the time Black Easter had a bowed tendon.

"I took him home and put him in the mud, in the creek. He's fine now. It's pure adrenaline to watch him run. Now I know why people do it," Richmond said.

General Joe is ready for battle. Winner of last year's Dane Boersma Stakes, he is in the ninth race today. Trainer Jackie Garcia likes his chances. Her husband, popular jockey Ralph Garcia, added, "He's fit enough — pray to God he's got enough air."For the first time in years, Grants Pass Downs has a surplus of jockeys. They include 18-year-old Justin Sherman, who passed his apprentice license Wednesday. The son of a jockey has been exercising horses at Emerald Downs for a year.

"I got a little bored, so I thought I'd try this. I'll be here on weekends. I gallop for two barns up there on weekdays.

Trainer Don Murphy is giving Sherman two mounts on Sunday, Kiki's Dance and Albert's Choice.

James Young has 17 horses at the track. When asked to name the best, he didn't hesitate: "Welfare Cadillac." The well-named 7-year-old has earned more than $70,000, winning six of his 19 races. He'll attempt to improve on that in the 10th race today with accomplished jockey Joe Crispin aboard at a grueling 6 1/2; furlongs.

Dan Guthrie is a Grants Pass writer. He can be reached at dguthrie@connpoint.net.