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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/30/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Argentine-bred Miss Terrible, training up to her expected engagement in the Grade I Beverly D. Aug. 13, breezed one mile on the turf in 1:47.60 with Eddie Razo Jr. up Saturday morning with the "dogs" well out from the rail.

The 6-year-old mare, owned by Carol & Charles Hammersmith and trained by Bradley Ross, has won 10 of 14 lifetime starts, including the Grade III WinnerComm Distaff Turf Mile on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7. In her start before that, the daughter of Numerous captured Santa Anita's Grade III Las Flores Handicap Feb 27, but was most recently fifth in Hollywood's Grade I Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap May 30.

"I went to the Gamely on a hope and a prayer," said Ross Saturday morning immediately after Miss Terrible's breeze. "I will have her better prepared this time. She worked well today. It's hard to figure with the dogs out the way they were, but I'd say she went about a mile and a sixteenth today."

Miss Terrible was given splits of :38.60, :53.60 and 1:19 before registering her final time for the eight furlongs.

"It was a really good work for her," said Illinois State clocker Bobby Belpedio. "The dogs were well out from the rail and she went real easy. Razo hardly asked her."

While still in the Argentine two years ago, Miss Terrible won seven straight Group I races before coming to this country to finish fourth in the 2003 Gamely after making the pace until the late stages.

"She was feeling real good this morning," said Ross. "She was rolling around in the sandpit I got for her and then I had to walk her for an hour before we worked her. I'll probably come back and work her again about five-eighths next Saturday."

"Right now, she really needs a lot of time between her races," Ross concluded. "She just needs that much time mentally and emotionally more than physically, but after I get her going, she may be able to put her races closer together."


Trainer Mike Puhich breezed Grade III Lone Star Derby winner Southern Africa six furlongs Saturday morning at Arlington Park in preparation for an engagement in the Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 14 at Mountaineer Park, but on Sunday, he will saddle G Five Stable LLC's Cole Express to face six others in Arlington's featured Honest Pleasure Stakes.

"Cole Express ran really good in his first race," said Puhich, speaking of the In Excess colt's four-length tally in his career bow June 8 when going four and a half furlongs, "but this race Sunday will be a lot tougher when he goes against winners.

"We're pretty excited about him so far," said Puhich, "but he had things go pretty much his own way in that last race. Now we have to find out how he does when he gets a little bit of pressure on him before we really know how good he is."

Following the Lone Star Derby, Southern Africa, owned by Al & Saundra Kirkwood, tired in the late stages of the Grade I Belmont Stakes to finish eighth, and ran seventh in the Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve, when asked to negotiate the grass course here July 2 in the first leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple.

"He's been doing well," said Puhich Saturday. "Hopefully, we can get things turned around for him in West Virginia."


Trainer Michele Boyce, who registered with 13 winners last season at Arlington, saddled a training double Friday to rebound from her slow start this summer.

Boyce tallied with Cherrywood Racing Stables II's Salty Sailor in Friday's seventh, when the 5-year-old gelding finished on even terms with Frank Adolph LLC's Stanislas. The San Francisco-born Boyce came back in the ninth to win with Auglyn Stable's Perennial Favorite.

"We haven't had much luck so far this year," said Boyce. "The way things have been going, I was pretty sure I got beat in the dead-heat yesterday, so I'll take a dead-heat win over a second-place finish anytime.

"Hopefully, yesterday's two wins will help to get things going for us, now," Boyce said.


With a dead-heat for the win in Friday's seventh race, and a dead-heat for the show position in Friday's eighth, a total of 25 mutuel payoffs were recorded in just those two races in the midst of the twilight racing program.

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