08/09/2007 11:00PM

Afternoon turns sour for Catalano outfit


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny how quickly things can turn around in the racing game. Wayne Catalano was just cruising along with two wins in the bag on the Thursday card at Arlington Park when, boom, the bottom fell out.

The next two horses that Catalano sent out to race failed to finish, including a 5-year-old gelding named Coin of Truth, who was euthanized after breaking down on the backstretch as the even-money favorite in the ninth and last race. Three races earlier, Broad Spectrum, the 7-10 choice, was pulled up by jockey E.T. Baird midway through the far turn and was vanned off with an unspecified injury.

"You know how it is," said Catalano, Arlington's perennial leading trainer who is well on his way to his sixth title in the last eight years here. "You win a couple, everything's beautiful, and then the reality check comes. It can be pretty painful sometimes."

Other trainers also shared that pain. Paul Llewellyn claimed Broad Spectrum, who is unlikely ever to race again, for $5,000, while Dee Poulos reclaimed Coin of Truth for $5,000 after losing him to Catalano and owner Frank Calabrese for $10,000 in his previous start on July 5.

Catalano's earlier winners came with Brutal Attack in the fourth and Apt to Shine in the fifth. Baird was aboard all the Catalano horses Thursday.

Catalano said Coin of Truth "warmed up perfect" and he was as stunned as anyone the horse broke down. As for Broad Spectrum, a 4-year-old gelding that Calabrese had claimed for $25,000 just two starts back, "he had some issues before," said Catalano. "The jock said he was traveling good, but then he felt something a little funny, so he pulled him up to protect the horse and himself."

Calabrese, the perennial leading owner at Arlington, missed out on the eventful afternoon. He is in Italy on vacation.

Passion bound for Saratoga

Passion, one of the most impressive 2-year-old maiden winners at Arlington this summer, is scheduled to leave soon after the International Festival of Racing with several of her Todd Pletcher-trained stablemates who shipped in this week for the big events.

A Pletcher assistant, Mike Dilger, said Passion will run Wednesday in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga after earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 78 in a 7 1/2-length triumph in her career debut, a five-furlong race here July 13. Passion, by Came Home, is owned by a partnership headed by Michael Tabor.

Pletcher was scheduled to be here Saturday to watch his four runners in the Festival races: Sunriver in the Million, Honey Ryder in the Beverly D., and Red Giant and Pleasant Strike in the Secretariat.

Dreaming of Anna likely to pass Oaks

With another Arlington Million going in the books Saturday, the next stakes here will be the $100,000 Arlington Oaks, a Grade 3 for 3-year-old fillies next Saturday, Aug. 18.

Dreaming of Anna, the Calabrese homebred trained by Catalano, is one of the 18 nominees to the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack race, but Catalano has said he is more likely to run her back on the turf in the $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes here Sept. 8.

In her absence, as many as nine could run in the Oaks, according to the track's stakes coordinator, Craig Lytel. Probable starters are Aspiring, Dashes n Dots, Humble Janet, Marietta, Marquee Delivery, Mini Sermon, and Serenading, while possible starters include Bel Air Beauty and Crumbs of Comfort.

Also scheduled for next weekend are the $45,000 Mariah's Storm on Saturday and the $45,000 Hatoof on Sunday.