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Wednesday, February 27, 2002
2 Days Until Opening Day

SOUL ONARAZORSEDGE 'EYES' OPENING DAY VICTORY

Soul Onarazorsedge, the one-eyed filly trained by Gene Brajczewski, appears to be in a good spot as she headlines a field of nine for Friday's opening day feature, an optional claiming allowance race covering six furlongs.

"Right now that has no bearing on her ability," Brajczewski said of the 4-year-old daughter of Carson City who lost her right eye when just a couple of weeks old. "When we first got her it did, but now none whatsoever.

"She's doing real good right now," the conditioner continued. "I ran her in that optional claiming allowance (at Hawthorne on Dec. 20) to see how'd she'd stack up with Capitol View and Faccia Bella. Then I brought her to Turfway (for the Jan. 12 Wishing Well Stakes) and she got beat on her blind side. It wasn't the blind side that beat her. It was probably the racetrack. The track was in bad shape and they had canceled a lot of days out there but we ran real good.

"My filly was full of mucus the last time I ran her," he said of her fourth-place finish $50,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 9. "She hooked Spanish Glitter at the top of the turn and I thought she was going to go with her, but then my filly threw her head up in the air and that was it.

"She's been doing good since she came back to Chicago," he added before going on to assess the competition Soul Onarazorsedge will face. "Q.P. Cat likes this racetrack and I'm a little worried about her. She's a little more seasoned than my filly. Mike (Weissman) is a shrewd old-time horsemen and he does a real good job with her."

Brajczewski will have 14 horses under his care at the meet, and the trainer likes his stock.

"I'm loaded for bear," he said. "These are nice horses. Thanks to (owners) My Jo Lee Stable, Hurstland Farms and Howard Nelson, I have some really nice horses.

"Eyebrow Raiser is the man right now," Brajczewski noted, brimming with pride. "He's really turning out to be a nice horse. He beat a nice bunch of 'three-other-thans' opening day (Jan. 25) down at Oaklawn Park and came back in an 'four-other-than' there (on Feb. 21). There were three horses in that race who had made at least $500,000 including (2000 Hawthorne Gold Cup winner) Dust on the Bottle. 'Eyebrow' went off at 9-1 and took them wire-to-wire."

Last summer, Brajczewski announced the retirement of veteran Illinois-bred performer Treat Me Doc but has since had a change of heart and the 8-year-old gelding is back in training.

"'Doc' is here," he said. "He's doing real good. He's had a (bad) tendon from when he got hurt a couple of years ago, but you'd never know anything happened to him. He's getting old and starting to get crabby. But he's training like his old self. We're going to keep him totally on the grass.

"I've got Doc's Leading Lady, a full sister to Phi Beta Doc, that I own with Hurstland Farms and a guy named Mr. Green," he said "I've got Soul Onarazorsedge's half sister who's going to debut on (March 8). She's very nice. I like her. Her name is Wasted Wisdom. Curious Conundrum gets in from the farm today. Hopefully she'll be ready for the end of the meet. We turned her out to give her her head for a little while because she ran a really bad race at Calder for $100,000 (in the Frances A. Genter Stakes in December)."

CASHEL CASTLE RETURNS IN SATURDAY'S FEATURE

Cashel Castle makes his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's $45,000 allowance feature. The son of Silver Ghost was perfect in three starts as a 2-year-old including an eight-length romp in the $100,000 Hoosier Juvenile in Indiana.

The Chris Block-trained colt, who had been pointing for the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park before being sidelined with a minor injury to his right front ankle following a workout at the south Florida track, will be treated with Lasix for the first time Saturday. Eusebio Razo Jr. has the mount.

Others in the race include World Champion, runner-up in the Turfway Prevue on Jan. 5; Boston Common, stakes placed in the Comet at the Meadowlands in September and in the Alamo at Sam Houston in December; and Colorful Tour, champion Illinois 2-year-old last year and winner of the $100,000 Jim Edgar Futurity at Hawthorne in December.

BACK AFTER A LONG ABSENCE

Agent Jay Fedor reports that he will be booking mounts for journeyman Brian Long, who rode here many years ago when still an apprentice jockey. Long, who has been riding recently at Mountaineer Park, will arrive on Thursday.

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