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In the fourth and latest leg of Emirates World Series 2001, Italian Derby winner Morshdi narrowly prevailed over German Derby victor Boreal in the Group I Grosser Preis von Baden on Sunday in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Finishing less than two lengths behind the winner in third position was Subiango, a half-brother to this year's Grade I Arlington Million winner Silvano. The Million, showcase event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, served as the third leg of this year's Emirates World Series Racing Championship.

Like Silvano, Subiango races in the silks of Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof and is trained by Andreas Wohler, conditioner of the latest Arlington Million hero.

Austrian jockey Andreas Suborics, who guided Silvano to the winner's circle in Arlington Million XIX 15 days ago, was also aboard Subiango, who pressed the pace in the Grosser Preis von Baden but could not withstand the two European Derby winners in the late stages Sunday.

Paolini, another Andreas Wohler trainee, finished fourth in Sunday's race at Iffezheim Racecourse, a neck behind Subiango in the four-horse rush to the wire.

Suborics is scheduled to ride Paolini in the Grade I Canadian International at Woodbine September 30 in the sixth leg of Emirates World Series 2001. The Austrian reinsman is then slated to be astride Subiango again in the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 7 in the seventh leg of the Emirates Championship.

Still later, on October 27, Suborics will return aboard Silvano in the Group I Cox Plate, eighth race of World Series Racing Championship at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Australia. Before that, however, Silvano and Suborics are to be reunited in Saturday's Grade I Man o'War at Belmont Park in New York.


Watching the races last May 17 at Churchill Downs, trainer Angel Montano Sr. was impressed by a 2-year-old first time starter entered for a $50,000 tag who finished sixth, beaten almost 10 lengths.

His name was Double Zero Seven, and he was a Kentucky-bred son of Beau Genius out of a Phone Trick mare named Call My Agent.

"When I watched him that first time he ran, he got in a little bit of trouble during the race but he looked like he had a little potential," said Montano. "I made up my mind that if I saw him back in for a $50,000 tag, I'd go ahead and claim him.

"Then when he was entered again, it was for $25,000, so I went ahead and took him," Montano said. "You know how it is with claims, sometimes you do good, and sometimes not."

In his first trip to the post for Montano, Double Zero Seven finished second, beaten a half-length, but the next time, when the track was muddy, he won by 10.

"I think he's bred for grass a little bit, too," said Montano, "but we'll see. Right now we're just taking it one race at a time."

Double Zero Seven's next race is scheduled to be in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes here on Saturday. The six-furlong test is the final local prep for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity to be run September 29 at one mile.

In his last trip to the post August 16 here, Double Zero Seven settled just behind the early leaders in the $60,000 Gilded Time, challenged for command after the eighth pole and outgamed rivals the rest of the way to win by a neck. It was his third win in a row.

"He's up there at Arlington, now," said Montano, speaking over the phone from his headquarters at the Twin Spires oval. "I'll come up there later in the week for the race."

"He's been training good," said Jesus Valenzuela, an assistant to Montano who is with the horse here at Arlington. "He's kind of a high strung horse, but I would think he is one of Angel's better claims."

"I don't know about that," said Montano. "I've made some good claims over the years. I once claimed a horse for $10,000 and won over $200,000 with him. We'll have to see how this one develops."


Mark Stanley's Three Wonders will be shooting for his fifth career win and fourth over the grass when in he goes to the post in Monday's $100,000 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile at 15-1 in the morning line.

"That race on Monday may be a little too short for him, but he's been doing very well lately and I like the fact that he's leaving from the rail (post position.) We've beaten the highweight in the race (Jake the Flake, who did not enter) and we expect him to run well."

Three Wonders defeated Jake the Flake by a length at Churchill Downs May 10 in an allowance race on the grass at a mile and an eighth. Jake the Flake's connections declined participation in the Sea O'Erin because the horse was not eligible for the Breeders' Cup share of the purse. Jake the Flake is scheduled to run in West Virginia on Labor Day.


  Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel will offer her handicapping comments Sunday from a new perspective, when she is scheduled to offer her pre-race observations from the track on horseback. "As we move into the fall season, I just wanted to try a new approach and help spice things up a bit," said Gabriel.

  Jockey Rene Douglas had a riding double on Saturday's program.

  Trainer Elliott Walden had a training double on Saturday's program.

  Jockey Frank Lovato Jr. had a riding double on Friday's twilight racing program.

  Jockeys Robby Albarado and Rene Douglas will both be at Philadelphia Park on Monday to ride in the Grade III Pennsylvania Derby. Albarado rides Touch Tone and Douglas has the mount on Unbridled Elaine.

  Jockeys Chris Emigh and Alfredo Juarez Jr. will be at Prairie Meadows on Monday in the $100,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap. Emigh is slated to ride Neon Shadow and Juarez has the mount on Chicago Six in that Iowa contest.

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