08/29/2010 2:22PM

Arlington: So much for turf speed


Quick-turnaround First Guess came over the top to nail pace-setters Butler Cabin and Webster in race 3, a result that poked a medium-sized hole in the idea -- generated by the shape of race 1, also on turf -- that speed might be holding on a super-firm course. Splits of 24.11 and 48.82 in this $25K one-mile maiden-claimer, and that modest pace, as much as anything, probably accounted for the two-three finishers holding up in front. Grass course probably just is fair.

First Guess yet another winner from hot Jim DiVito barn, and DiVito first-timer Quality Diplomat currently sitting at 5-1 off 10-1 morning-line in race 4, a turf-sprint MSW.