09/16/2010 2:52PM

Arlington: Cool, damp Thursday means possible Poly speed bias


65 degrees, 71 percent humidity, northwest (cross/head) wind 12-20 mph
Turf good, turf rail 6 ft outside lane 1

Some rain here earlier, and the temps are down. Granted, Western Woods was a 6-5 favorite in race 2, a $20K N4L claimer, but not only did he wire the field, an early battle for the lead between he and Hanger Thirtyeight did no damage to either horse, with the latter easily second-best. Moreover, no one in this six horse field, save mild-rallying fourth-place Soul Coaxing, made any movement in the stretch run. Given the weather conditions and that race shape, I'm on the lookout for Poly-speed bias. Upcoming race 3 is on grass, so won't tell us much.