07/04/2011 3:14PM

Arlington: Slower than slow


Difficult to recognize this product as American Thoroughbred racing, so slow are the times today on Arlington's Polytrack. Sure, you see 1:15s for six furlongs on bull-ring tracks where the distance is run around two turns, but rarely do such times come about in one-turn races. Already today, Monday, we've had two of them at Arlington Park. Granted, the $10K maiden-claimers who failed to crack 1:15 for three-quarters in races 2 and 3 are not going to be setting track records, and the horses are part of the time situation, too. But winning time for race 1, an open $10K claimer, was 1:14.38, making this the slowest main track of the meeting. I'll say this, though: The Poly seems to be playing fair.

Conditions are, well, lovely. Low 80s, light east wind (tail in stretch), turf firm.

Kind of tough DQ in race 1, where odds-on Springtime Spell came down for bumping Appeal with Zeal in deep stretch. Could have gone either way, I suppose.