06/05/2011 2:12PM

Arlington: Sundial timing, and will inside-speed bias persist


I'm going to try and keep any synthetic rage (a syndrome familiar to most regular horseplayers) in check, but still feel the need to mention times in race 1 on Sunday. We're talking Ill-bred straight maidens here -- not the fastest horses in the world, but not the slowest either -- going six furlongs. Fractions were 23.76 and 47.89 on the way to a final time of 1:13.90. Show these times to a handicapper 10 years ago, and he'd think this was a $2,500 claimer going two turns on a deep bull-ring track in Nebraska. Sometimes the Poly makes me want to pull my hair out  -- if I had any left to pull.

Saturday's main track was perhaps the most inside-speed biased of the meet. Winner of race 1, Zap'em, led from the fence, but he was 3-5 chalk, so hard to attribute that result to bias. That said, I think he was bet down that hard because of people who were watching yesterday's Arlington results. Also, runner-up was 5-1 Passpost to Paris, who raced on the fence the entire trip. Horses on outside did nothing. So, while its too early to call another speed bias, I feel more comfortable thinking inside paths are preferred.

Conditions are fair, light variable wind, low 80s. Arlington dodged the heaviest rain yesterday, so turf is firm with rail in lane 5.