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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

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Monday, March 4, 2002

BLOCK LOOKING FOR PLAN 'B' FOR CASHEL CASTLE

"I can't seem to catch a break with this horse," lamented trainer Chris Block after the sophomore debut of his talented colt Cashel Castle was postponed for a second time when the races were cancelled due to heavy snow and poor visibility Saturday. Earlier, the son of Silver Ghost had been pointing to the Grade II Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park when sidelined by a minor injury.

"I'm hoping Allan (racing secretary Plever) will put the race back up," Block said Monday morning inside Barn C in the Sportsman's Park stable area. "The race had a full field and a decent bunch. If he puts it back as an extra, I'll go right back in."

One thing that may prevent Plever from hanging the race back up for this weekend is a similar race scheduled for Sunday, March 17.

"If I bring it back at three-quarters (of a mile) this weekend," Plever explained, "it may kill the (mile) race on the 17th. In any event, it will be hard to make both races go in the current time frame."

While the one-mile allowance race on March 17 remains a possibility, Block indicated he'd like to get a sprint race into Cashel Castle before trying him around two turns.

"I don't want to stretch him two turns off a layoff," Block said. "If he gets beat you don't know if it was because of the layoff or because he couldn't get the route of ground. I'd like to have at least one race under his belt around one turn before I would feel comfortable sending him two turns.

"The (April 7) Illinois Derby is going to be tough to make," he admitted. "It's starting to slip away from us time wise. If he had run this past Saturday, I would have thought about running back in that mile race on the 17th and then make my decision about the Illinois Derby from there."

CHI TOWN CHALLENGE DEADLINE EXTENDED

With the cancellation of Monday's live race card at Sportsman's Park, the deadline to register for the $5,000 Chi Town Challenge has been extended until noon Tuesday, March 5. As of Monday morning, more than 1,000 entries have been received for the Chi Town Challenge.

Selections for Tuesday's Chi Town Challenge can be made beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at www.sportsmanspark.com.

GOLF SHIRT GIVEAWAY SATURDAY

Be sure to come to Sportsman's Park Saturday, March 9 as Sportsman's and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association are giving away free golf shirts to the first 3,000 paid admissions (after 10:30 a.m.).

LOST CODE HANDICAP WEIGHTS RELEASED

Magic Doe and Tic N Tin will share high impost of 120 pounds for Saturday's $100,000 Lost Code Handicap for 4-year-olds and upward going six furlongs. The former, a 7-year-old gelding by Fast Gold, will be making his 2002 debut after winning four of his last five starts in 2001. The latter, a Lac Ouimet 7-year-old, is the race's defending champion.

Others expected to start (with their weight assignments) are: Secret Romeo (116 pounds), winner of the Shamrock Stakes here last year and victor in the Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last time out; former six-furlong track record holder Meandmyloveman (114); Sing Me Back Home (113), a recent winner at Gulfstream Park; and Way to the Top (112), a wire-to-wire victor in a Golden Gate Fields allowance race on Jan. 27.

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