07/28/2008 12:00AM

Arnold finds success with shippers


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The six wins Rusty Arnold has knocked out this Arlington meet are in themselves good enough for a trainer based in Kentucky and New York over the summer. Much stronger still, three of those Arnold wins have come in Arlington stakes races, most recently Karelian's victory here Saturday in the $150,000 Sea o'Erin Handicap, his first start in nearly a year.

"We love Karelian," Arnold said. "What a good horse."

While Karelian seems unlikely to return to Arlington for his next race, Arnold said Monday that his two other local stakes winners, Stream Cat and Communique, probably will start here Aug. 9 - Stream Cat in the Arlington Million and Communique in the Beverly D.

Stream Cat also had been considered for the Pacific Classic, but Arnold suggested all along that he was more likely to come back to Chicago after his sharp score in the Arlington Handicap earlier this month. Communique, much the best in the Modesty Handicap here the same day, had been seriously considered for the Glens Falls at Saratoga, but Arnold said Monday that the Beverly D. had begun to look like the better option.

"We like the way she came back from the last race," Arnold said. "She's not placed in a Grade 1. We know it'll be a tough race, but it's kind of a win-win situation for us. If we could run third in the Beverly D., it'd probably do us more good than winning the Glens Falls."

Sunday at Keeneland, Stream Cat had his first work since his 3 3/4-length win in the Arlington Handicap, going five furlongs in about 1:03, Arnold said. Stream Cat will ship here from Keeneland the Thursday before his Million start and will have a jockey change from James Graham, who was aboard for the recent win, to Julien Leparoux, Stream Cat's regular rider in 2006 and 2007.

As for Karelian, the fact he is a 6-year-old with just 14 starts says much about his career.

"He was cut out to be such a nice horse, but he's had so many injuries," Arnold said.

Karelian has won half his starts, and his three-quarter-length win Saturday was a solid - if belated - beginning to his 2008 campaign. Arnold said he'd love to start Karelian in the Shadwell Mile this fall at Keeneland, with one start leading into that race, but long-term plans are dicey with a horse who has so often gone to the sidelines.

"We get him back after a race, we wait a couple weeks, and we hold our breath," Arnold said.

Catalano pleased with Lewis Michael

Lewis Michael finished fourth as the even-money favorite in the Sea o'Erin - and that was just fine with trainer Wayne Catalano.

Lewis Michael was making his first start since a washout fifth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile last fall, and turf is not his best surface. He pressed the pace, got a little tired, but ran on well enough and was beaten only one length.

"I'm very happy with the race, and Rene Douglas said the same thing I thought," Catalano said. "That was his prep race, and he should be good to go."

But where Lewis Michael goes next remains uncertain. The long-term goal for the horse is a return to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile - a misnomer, since the race is on a synthetic track this year - but how he gets there hasn't been determined.

"We're looking at a lot of races," Catalano said.

Meanwhile, Dreaming of Anna breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 on Sunday, tuning up for her start in the Beverly D. Dreaming of Anna hadn't worked since July 5, when she went a too-fast five-eighths in 58 seconds, and Catalano worked her himself this time to make sure she breezed moderately.

"She went beautiful," he said.

Catalano and owner Frank Calabrese will be in Arlington stakes action this weekend with Dreaming of Liz, who will be among the favorites in the Arlington Oaks.

Petty Things impresses with win

Petty Things turned in the sharpest 2-year-old filly performance of the meet, winning a maiden race by 9 1/2 lengths here Saturday. Her 5o1/2-furlong time of 1:05 was more than two seconds faster than another 2-year-old race at the same distance, and Petty Things was given a stakes-class 84 Beyer Speed Figure for her win.

"We're still just digesting the race," Kentucky-based trainer Lynn Whiting said Monday. "We're looking around a little to see what might be an option for her on Polytrack."

Petty Things, a daughter of Put It Back, had finished ninth at Churchill in her career debut, but she was shut off early in that start and "really had no chance," Whiting said.