06/06/2013 12:24PM

Arlington: Work All Week faces few challengers in Cammack


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – From the standpoint of wagering opportunity, the Addison Cammack Handicap is the worst of four stakes races carded Saturday at Arlington. But the five-horse Cammack includes Work All Week, an Illinois-bred who might turn out to be one of the better sprinters in the Midwest.

Work All Week debuted by finishing sixth in a two-turn turf race, but this year, in sprints on dirt and synthetic, Work All Week has set the track on fire. He won his maiden by more than six lengths, a first-level Illinois-bred allowance by more than 12, and an open first-level allowance May 11 at Arlington by more than five lengths. The last two races produced triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, and it will be interesting to see how Work All Week handles a decent class hike Saturday.

The Cammack is one of two $100,000 Illinois-bred stakes on a card that also includes a pair of $65,000 overnight turf-route stakes. One of those, the Swoon’s Son, punches above its weight, thanks to the Opening Verse last weekend at Churchill being rained off turf, sending Corporate Jungle, Turallure, and Keep Up to Arlington.

Due to the paucity of entrants and the possibility of scratches, the Cammack goes as the first of 11 races, and will be widely viewed as a showcase for Work All Week’s apparently blossoming talent. The 4-year-old Work All Week is 4-5 on the Arlington morning line, and his actual odds could be shorter. Work All Week has demonstrated brilliant early speed in his three wins while significantly widening his lead from the stretch call to the finish each time.

Hardened skeptics will note Work All Week’s last two starts came on track surfaces that played to his strength, and will wonder what might transpire if Nagys Piggy Bank proves quick enough to press Work All Week. Rail-drawn Four Left Feet will appreciate his return to Polytrack and, with the right trip, has a chance to surprise.

The other $100,000 Illinois-bred sprint on the card, the Isaac Murphy for fillies, is headed by Algonquin Posse, a mare whose morning-line odds are more than twice as high as Work All Week’s, but whose chance at success appears equally strong. One of eight horses entered, Algonquin Posse finished a distant second in the 2012 edition of the Murphy, but that was when standout Illinois-bred female sprinter Third Chance roamed the circuit. Third Chance is retired and in her absence Algonquin Posse decisively won the Third Chance Stakes on April 27 at Hawthorne. That race was on dirt, but Algonquin Posse has won half her eight Arlington Polytrack starts.

Speedy Kip Berries will be perceived the main danger, but her best form has come in shorter turf sprints.

Swoon’s Son comes up strong

At $65,000, the Swoons Son’s purse is smaller than allowance-race pots at rich North American tracks, but its field is stronger than a soft Grade  3.

Heading the 1 1/16-mile grass race is Corporate Jungle, whose attempt to shorten up from middle distances produced only a sixth-place finish last fall in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, his most recent appearance. Subsequently transferred to trainer Tom Proctor, Corporate Jungle, at his best, finished second to Wise Dan in the Fourstardave Handicap last summer at Saratoga, and a similar showing would make him formidable.

Wise Dan’s stablemate, Turallure, is trying to regain the form that nearly won the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile. The 6-year-old Turallure went out with an injury mid-summer 2012 and in the first two starts of his comeback, at Keeneland and Churchill this spring, he looked little like his former self.

Something similar can be said of Keep Up. His three-race win streak last fall culminated with a win in the Grade 3 River City Handicap, but Keep Up has been seventh – with some excuses – in his two 2013 starts, most recently checking in one length behind Turallure at Churchill.

The Gaily Gaily is the filly-and-mare counterpart to the Swoon’s Son and drew a weaker group. The three most accomplished horses in the race, Hooh Why, Closing Range, and Drama Drama, all exit performances well below their established par.