08/14/2010 5:27PM

Arlington: Saturday final


Catalano firster pair of Major Gain and Media Contact indeed "live" in race 8 - on the board, at least. Entry favored, but Major Gain could not capitalize on a perfect trip, as second-time starter Caleb's Posse showed speed, then drew away from Media Contact when challenged in upper stretch. Time of 1:06.36 for 5.5 furlongs does not seem like much, but on this deathly slow track, it might well have been all right. Major flattery, however, to Sherriff Cogburn, who crushed Caleb by more than seven lengths last out in their common debut. Sherriff Cogburn since went to PRM to win a stakes race there going a mile -- by more than nine lengths -- while never asked. BC Juvenile-bound, one imagines.

More Catalano favoritism in the nightcap, but Ready to Play has only slowly been bet down to 2-1 in a $25KN3L turf claimer. More than Able was the early betting favorite, and did nothing in his post-parade appearance to make that betting action seem misplaced.