08/21/2010 1:31PM

Arlington: Three races in


They don't usually run 5.5-furlong turf races here when the inside rail is 10 feet outside lane 1, but they are today, and that probably accounts for the weird times. I was told that with this rail configuration, the race will be substantially short of five-and-one-half furlongs, so the 1:02.04 clocking is not nearly so fast as it seems at face value. Sprints of 22.10 and 44.27 also exceedingly quick, and even considering the configuration, it's hard to imagine the horses going this fast on a course that actually is "yielding," as the inner course has been termed by AP.

Just-completed race 3 was much the same. Fractions of 20.69 seconds, 43.68, and final time 1:02.05 for 5.5 furlongs. Race 4 at one and one-sixteenth miles might go farther to determing the actual speed of the turf course.

Will say that front-runners scored in both those turf heats, and that wide closers did nothing either time. Like I said in the first post of the day, those innermost paths on the inner turf are offering fresh ground much better than the chewed up stuff to the outside.

Calabrese-Faucheaux-Baze combo behind front-runinng short-layoff horse Prairie Fever in race 3, a $15K N2L claimer. Catalano-trained MSW dropper Summer Upcountry, with Baze again, narrowly scored in the first.

Behr Fact absolutely destroyed Ill-bred $10K maiden-claimers in race 2, leading throughout, but that info is not very useful since that was the day's only main-track race.