10/11/2006 11:00PM

Can't Beat It seeks good news


Can't Beat It's name has been in the papers quite a bit since he ran in the Grade 2 American Derby at Arlington Park on July 22, but for all the wrong reasons. He finished second behind Union Avenue, but was disqualified after testing positive for isoxsuprine and naproxen, both Class 4 medications, in separate rulings issued by the Illinois Racing Board. Trainer Marty Wolfson and owner Charlotte Weber have appealed those rulings, and a hearing is scheduled in January.

Wolfson is hoping the next time he sees Can't Beat It's name in print it will be for winning Calder's Grade 3, $200,000 Calder Derby, which highlights the undercard of Saturday's Festival of the Sun program along with its filly counterpart, the $200,000 Calder Oaks.

A 3-year-old son of Atticus, Can't Beat It has not started since the American Derby but has trained well for his return Saturday.

"I gave him some time off after the race in Chicago, because he had two hard races in a row, the Colonial Turf Cup and the American Derby, and he was knocked out from both efforts and the long trips involved," said Wolfson. "He lost some weight after the American Derby but is really doing well now, and there appears to be plenty of pace in the race to set up his closing kick."

Can't Beat It will run as an entry along with Elizabul, who comes off a 5 1/2-length entry-level allowance win on the turf.

Can't Beat It's main competition could come from two horses he defeated in the American Derby, Desert Wheat and Murch.

Trained by Bill Mott, Desert Wheat was a ground-saving fourth in the American Derby, then returned to finish fifth in Saratoga's Grade 3 Saranac.

Murch bounced back from his sixth-place finish in the American Derby to win an entry-level allowance race at Arlington before finishing third in the Saranac.

Jet Propulsion, Croton Road, and Fancy Silver - the first three finishers in the $100,000 Needles Stakes on Sept. 23 - are among the top locally based runners in the lineup.

In the Needles, Jet Propulsion overcame a poor start and showed a new dimension by rallying from off the pace to post a game head decision over Croton Road, with Fancy Silver another neck back.

Bayou's Lassie, unbeaten in two starts on turf and a winner of 4 of 5 starts overall, should be favored in the Calder Oaks. Bayou's Lassie led throughout to post a 2 3/4-length victory over Silversider in the Judy's Red Shoes. Her final time was just .16 seconds slower than Jet Propulsion's time in the Needles.

Silversider will get another shot at Bayou's Lassie in the Oaks. The field also includes multiple stakes winner Mia's Reflection and the Mott-trained New York invader Jinni.

JJ'sdream: Your Flame in Me favored

Your Flame in Me, undefeated and untested in two starts, will ship down from Maryland and figures to be heavily favored to defeat six locally based 2-year-old fillies in the $100,000 J J'sdream Stakes.

Your Flame in Me won her debut by 6 1/4 lengths at Delaware Park and the restricted Gin Talking Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Laurel. Both of those races were decided at five furlongs; she'll try six furlongs for the first time in the J J'sdream.

Princess Nikki, Yesshecandance, and the unbeaten Bianco head the local horses.

Criterium: Yesbyjimminy cuts back

Yesbyjimminy, who suffered his first loss in four starts when he finished third as the 6-5 favorite in the Foolish Pleaseure Breeders' Cup at a mile and 70 yards, will turn back to a sprint and is the horse to beat in the $100,000 Criterium Stakes.

Cat Tour, who won the one-mile Seacliff by 10 1/2 lengths Sept. 2, will be among the main contenders, along with Five Towns.