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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

Contact: David Zenner (773) 242-1121 ext. 310

Monday, April 29, 2002


Edward P. Evans' With Ability, the front-running victress in Sunday's Grade III $300,000 Sixty Sails Handicap, is making the most of a second chance at a racing career after very nearly being taken out of training early this year to be sent to the breeding shed.

"After she ran badly on New Year's Day (in the $75,000 Interborough Handicap at Aqueduct), we thought about breeding her," said trainer Mark Hennig Monday morning. "But we decided to stretch her out and give her one more try in allowance company and it kind of worked out."

Indeed it did work out and the daughter of A. P. Indy responded with a 9-length win in allowance company, justifying the trainer's faith in the move.

"We always had thought a lot of her," Hennig said. "She missed most of last year with an eye injury. She has vision problems and she spent a lot of time last year with a needle in her eye. We always had an interest in running her long and decided that we would try her long before retiring her."

Hennig said the 4-year-old filly came out of the Sixty Sails in good order. He doesn't yet have a spot picked out for her next start.


Ben Allen, assistant to trainer Frank "Bobby" Springer, said that Lady Hallie Handicap winner Pretty Gale was doing okay after going to her knees when leaving the starting gate in Sunday's Sixty Sails Handicap, losing any chance of winning the mile and an eighth race.

"She's got a few scrapes but all in all she's not doing too badly this morning," Allen said. "She seems to be none the worse for the wear. She's got a little skin on her knee and she nicked herself slightly, just barely grabbing a quarter. She really showed her athleticism when she just popped up like that. She and (jockey Larry) Sterling both amazed me that they didn't go down. A lot of fillies would have rolled over after something like that but she just went on and ran."

Though essentially unscathed after Sunday's miscue, Allen says the filly will get a little time off.

"She's earned a break," Allen said. "There's not really that much around here for her."


Jockey Eusebio Razo Jr., still body sore after falling from his mount Lady Dealer in Saturday's second race, will be off his scheduled mounts Monday and Tuesday according to clerk of scales Charlie Chiple.

Razo is expected to return to action on Friday, following the track's scheduled dark days of Wednesday and Thursday.


After 19 days of competition, the field for the $5,000 Chi Town Challenge II has been whittled down to its final two contestants when three players were eliminated Sunday when Sir Shimmy missed the board in the first race.




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