09/23/2009 11:00PM

Catalano points She Be Wild to Alcibiades


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Unbeaten 2-year-old filly She Be Wild worked a solid five furlongs in 1:02.20 on Thursday at Arlington and is now considered a likely runner in the Oct. 9 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland. Trainer Wayne Catalano had considered sending She Be Wild directly to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies off her win in the Sept. 5 Arlington-Washington Lassie, but Catalano said Thursday that he now was leaning toward running in the Alcibiades. Catalano said She Be Wild would ship from Arlington to Keeneland on Oct. 2.

She Be Wild won her career debut over $40,000 maiden claimers in a romp and easily beat overnight stakes foes before proving much the best in the Grade 3 Lassie here. On Thursday, her solo five-furlong work included a final quarter-mile in less than 24 seconds, Catalano said.

"She's training forwardly, like I expected her to do," Catalano said.

Catalano entered the final week of racing here with at least 14 more wins than any other trainer at Arlington, and when the meet ends Sunday, Catalano will have won his eighth training title and fifth in a row here. But this year he will have done so without help from Frank Calabrese, the perennial leading owner at Arlington.

Calabrese will not be left out, however. Entering Thursday's action, he had 34 wins, 18 more than the next-leading owner at the meet, and Calabrese will win his eighth title as leading Arlington owner.

Allowances top Saturday card

Closing weekend does have a stakes race, but that comes Sunday with the $100,000 Virginia Tarra Illinois Owners Stakes. Saturday's nominal co-features are race 3, an open second-level turf allowance, and race 10, an Illinois-bred second-level turf allowance.

Princeville Condo is an Illinois-bred, but he may be the horse to beat in the open allowance, which was placed so early on the 11-race card because it drew just six entries. Princeville Condo hasn't raced since Aug. 16, but his stock has risen anyway. When last seen, he finished a troubled second to Free Fighter, who won the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes Handicap on Sept. 7. Tight Grip finished fifth behind Princeville Condo in August but had trouble that day and was a better second in his most recent start Sept. 5.

In race 10, the Illinois-bred allowance, Agnostic makes his first start since being privately purchased by Darrell and Evelyn Yates and turned over to Catalano. Agnostic, an Illinois-bred stakes winner, finished a troubled fourth in his lone prior turf try.