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SPORTSMAN'S NOTES

Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

Contact: David Zenner (773) 242-1121 ext. 310
sportsmanspub@aol.com

Thursday, April 25, 2002

POMPEII FAVORED IN GRADE III SIXTY SAILS HANDICAP

Grade I stakes winner Pompeii, unraced since finishing off the board in last year's $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, heads a compact field of seven for Sunday's $300,000 Sixty Sails Handicap at Sportsman's Park. The Grade III Sixty Sails is a mile and an eighth race for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and upward.

A daughter of Broad Brush, WinStar Farm's Pompeii makes her seasonal bow in the Sixty Sails after winning three of eight races last year topped by the Grade I Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga. She also finished second in the Grade I Go For Wand Handicap at the upstate New York oval. Hall-of-Fame jockey Pat Day will be in from Kentucky to pilot the Elliott Walden-trained mare, who will carry 120 pounds in the Sixty Sails.

Set to face Pompeii in the Sixty Sails (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Donna Moore, Paul Saylor & Gene Voss' Katy Kat (Robby Albarado, 116); Russell L. Reineman Stable's Pretty Gale (Larry Sterling Jr., 115); Edward P. Evans' With Ability (Javier Castellano, 115); Stonerside Stable LLC's Becky Virtue (Tony D'Amico, 112); G. Derybowski, M. Abt, T. McDermott & Hat Trick Racing's Cecilia's Crown (Lupe Macias, 112); James B. Tafel's Lakenheath (Eusebio Razo Jr., 112).

Katy Kat and Pretty Gale are meeting for the second time after facing one another in New Orleans over the winter. The former, a Niall O'Callaghan-trained daughter of Forest Wildcat, picked up black type for the first time when capturing the $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap at the Fair Grounds, beating Pretty Gale by 2 lengths in the process. The latter, a half sister to Illinois Derby hero War Emblem, rebounded from that second-place effort in Louisiana to wire her rivals in the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap over this oval on April 14.

With Ability invades from New York where she is also coming in off a stakes victory. Trained by Mark Hennig, the daughter of A. P. Indy was a wire-to-wire 5-length winner in the Grade III Next Move Handicap at Aqueduct on March 29. Earlier this year, she also was a 9-length victress in a third-level allowance race there in February.

Becky Virtue is in search of her fifth straight victory. A daughter of Strodes Creek, Becky Virtue's win skein dates back to November 16 at Sam Houston and shows victories at the Fair Grounds and Turfway Park. Last time out, the Mike Stidham pupil wired her foes in the $50,000 Fairway Fun Stakes at Turfway.

Lakenheath, a Grade III winner last year, has not scored since capturing the Silverbulletday Stakes in 2001 at the Fair Grounds. The Gene Cilio-trained daughter of Colonial Affair finished fifth in a third-level allowance race at Keeneland in her last start.

Completing the field for the Sixty Sails is Cecilia's Crown. Trained by Dee Poulos, the locally-based daughter of Chief's Crown was a winner over this oval in a third-level allowance race on April 14.

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