06/13/2012 3:14PM

Arlington: Amazing Results would benefit from a quick pace


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Amazing Results got back in the game on May 26 after missing 14 months of racing because of injury. In Friday’s featured eighth race at Arlington, he might get back in the winner’s circle.

“Might,” however, seems about the strongest endorsement a handicapper could give to any horse in Friday’s eighth. The second-level, 1  1/16-mile turf allowance also open to $40,000 claimers drew 14 entrants but lacks anything approaching a standout. Scratches might change the race’s complexion, too. Ballyjamesduff will start only in the event of a rain-off onto Polytrack. Beamer, part of a Jim Tafel-owned entry with All Stormy, resides on the also-eligible list, while owner-trainer Louie Roussel has the coupled pairing of Triple Check and Friendly Banter.

Amazing Results, bred and owned by Team Block and trained by Chris Block, was a graded stakes winner during his peak year of 2010, but after two races early in 2011, Amazing Results spent an extended spell on the sidelines. Now 7, he made it back to the races late last month and ran creditably in his return, rallying from sixth to finish second in a slow-paced race dominated by front-running Mr. Mischief. Problem is, even if Amazing Results takes a step forward Friday, there appears to be as little early speed in this race as there was in his last, and Amazing Results could find himself at the mercy of another slow pace.

Perhaps the most likely early leader is 3-year-old All Stormy, who ran well winning his turf debut April  22 at Hawthorne before running into super-sharp Silver Max last month in the Arlington Classic. After a troubled start, All Stormy chased Silver Max through hot fractions, tiring to fifth in the later stages, and if permitted to set an easier tempo in a spot sans Silver Max, All Stormy might prove tough to catch.

Squad’s three most recent races, all on grass, produced two wins and a third, the issue being that “recent” in this case means nearly a year in the past. Bwana Brave closed nicely to win a first-level turf allowance May 19 while making his first start after a private purchase but takes a significant step up in class. Where’s the Baby was a 12-race maiden before winning his last two starts, but he’s marooned in post 12. And if you think Amazing Results has a shot, then so, too, must Ice Climber, who came from even farther back to finish a head behind Amazing Results here last month.