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Saturday, March 9, 2002

CICERO HANDICAP UP NEXT

Graded stakes winner Hattiesburg is prominent on a list of 26 distaffers nominated to the March 16 running of the $100,000 Cicero Handicap, a six-furlong test for fillies and mares, 4-years-old and up. The Tom Amoss-trained 4-year-old, who numbers the Grade III Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder Race Course last year among her eight victories, is listed as a possible starter by stakes coordinator Chris Polzin. Amoss also has nominated the undefeated filly Run for Little Bit to the race and she too is listed as a possible starter. Both horses are owned by Nelson Bunker Hunt.

Listed as likely starters by Polzin at this early juncture are Wexler Stables, Inc.'s Adam's Time and Feminine Fury; Rick Englander's French Teacher; My Jo Lee Stable II's Soul Onarazorsedge; and Edwin H. Wachtel's Wired To Fly. Slated as possible in addition to the Amoss pair is Naveed Chowhan's Keepondealing.

A daughter of Friendly Lover, Keepondealing was based in Chicago much of last year, winning three allowance races on the circuit before notching back-to-back stakes tallies in the $55,000 New Year's Eve Handicap at Mountaineer Park on Dec. 31 and the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park less than two weeks later. In her two most recent trips to the post, the Bernie Flint trainee garnered a pair of second-place finishes in open allowance races at Mountaineer.

French Teacher beat Keepondealing in a Jan. 26 Mountaineer affair but finished behind her last time out on Feb. 25 at the West Virginia oval. The Scott Lake-trained daughter of Robin des Pins won last year's $75,000 Claiming Crown Glass Slipper at Canterbury Park in August.

Adam's Time is the more notable of the Wexler Stables' duo. The daughter of Gilded Time wired her rivals last fall when capturing the $40,000 Due Bill Stakes at Hawthorne in November and she was a victress over this surface last spring in a fourth-level allowance race in March before running third in the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap the following month. Feminine Fury, the other Wexler-owned horse, scored in wire-to-wire fashion for a $25,000 tag on March 1.

Soul Onarazorsedge, the one-eyed filly trained by Gene Brajczewski, prepped for her likely start in the Cicero with a front-stepping tally in the opening day featured allowance race. The daughter of Carson City previously ran second to Keepondealing in the Wishing Well at Oaklawn Park.

Wired To Fly is a New York-based 5-year-old daughter of Flying Victor who set the pace before fading to fourth in the $75,000 Correction Handicap.

CHI TOWN CHALLENGE UPDATE

The final count for entries for the $5,000 Chi Town Challenge was 1,735 with 691 of those contestants eliminated on the first day, leaving 1,044 people in the contest as it heads into day No. 2.

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