08/07/2010 2:45PM

Arlington: Two down on Saturday

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On turf for first time this racing week, with course listed as 'yielding' and the inner rail set up in lane 2. Just saw day's first grass race, for $25K 2yo maiden sprinters, and final 5fs time of 1:00.40 for Chuck Simon-trained second-time starter Surfer Rosa suggests that yes, the turf course is yielding.

Mostly sunny and 80 degrees today, with southwest wind (cross/head in stretch) from 10 - 15 mph. Wind pushed splits in race 1, a $10K Poly-sprint starter allowance, to 22.47 and 45.37, and pace-setting longshot What Do You Mean lost on a head bob. Could Poly be carrying speed? Final time of 1:17.09 says main track is only slightly quick despite the fast splits. Winner Carnack's Choice claimed out of last by trainer Roger Brueggemann for owner Scarlet Stables. The Brueggemann-Scarlet claims deserve far more attention than the Brueggemann-Midwest Thoroughbred claims, in my experience. Odds-on Calabrese-owned chalk Cure was in trouble before the quarter pole and checked in last.