06/04/2010 4:16PM

Arlington: Rafael Flores, & Quicker times than Thursday

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Gotta get some more info on trainer Rafael Flores, who, in a minor kind of way, has made his presence felt this Chicago racing season. Flores-trained firster Thewayitusedtobe just won race 3, the first division of split Illinois-bred 2yo maiden race, and looked pretty good doing it. Sped to front, never threatened under Julio Felix. Favored Deno's Birdie was last for trainer Larry Rivelli.

Race 3 winner the first front-ender to hold on so far this racing week. His time of 52.97 for 4.5 furlongs fell right in line with the day's first two races, with $5K N3L claiming winner in race 1 going a mile in 1:39.39, and $10K maiden-claiming winner in race 2 clocking 1:12.86 for six furlongs. The Polytrack, as predricted, is at least a couple lengths faster than it was yesterday.