08/13/2010 6:23PM

Arlington: Day unfolding -- slowly


It has come to this: 3-5 favorite Princess Ally Rose got mild pace pressure in race 5, and when I saw the fractions for this six-furlong, Illinois-bred Polytrack allowance race pop up as 23.05 for the opening quarter-mile and 46.80 for the half, I thought to myself, "She may be in trouble." Yep - that qualifies as a quick pace on this crazily slow-playing racing surface. Princess Ally Rose did hang on, and her six furlongs in 1:13.41 was almost a second faster than the final time posted by open $7.5K N2L claimers the race before, basically right in line with the day's results. Guess a combination of track maintennance and sustained high heat has had a powerful effect on the synthetic surface.

Basilio's Thunder is the one to watch coming out of race 5. She rallied for second and was cutting sharply into the winner's margin the final furlong, and Basilio's Thunder galloped out far in front of Princess Ally Rose. BT won well at a one-turn mile earlier in the meet, and this sprint trip is just too short for her. If she gets a mile race -- maybe even two turns -- she'll clear this N1X condition.