06/22/2011 3:12PM

Arlington: Inside bias take 26


This is getting a little tired. Arlington's Polytrack has persistently been biased toward the rail for much of this meet, and after seeing such conditions over the weekend, they're back again Wednesday. Granny Ramsey looked a beaten horse at the top of the stretch in race 1, with Jitterbug Blues covering her to the outside while holding a half-length edge into the stretch and appearing to be going the better of the two. But it was Granny Ramsey who came on in the final furlong, appearing to take full advantage of her position nearest the fence. Raisinaboveonly came into race 2 with a career win mark of 1-33, but after making a clear lead down the backstretch in a one-turn mile while getting over to the fence, there was no catching her -- not even close. And in race 3, Golden Baby Nadine, a distant fourth for a $7.5K maiden-claiming tag last time and an habitual stretch-fader, was ridden all out from the rail to keep the early lead over heavily favored Peace Bridge. The opening-quarter mile, 22.30 seconds, should've caused the speed to fall apart, but only outside-pressing Peace Bridge Caved, with Golden Baby Nadine holding everyone clear. Runner-up was huge longshot Railey's Blinkers who had the good fortune to race along the rail the entire trip. Bettors clearly are on to this, as all three winners were hammered down below "natural" odds.

As for conditions, we're off turf, it's cloudy, chance of rain, 74 degrees, wind from west/southwest (head/cross) 10-18 mph.