Updated on 09/16/2011 7:02AM

Chicago Six local streak on the line


Chicago Six will be on the defensive in more ways than one at Sportsman's Park on Sunday. Not only will he be defending his title in the featured $100,000 Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup, but he also will try to preserve his unbeaten record over the Cicero, Ill., oval. To do both, he will have to fend off nine challengers in the one-mile handicap for older horses.

Chicago Six, a 7-year-old son of Wild Again, practically owns Sportsman's Park. A six-time winner over the track, Chicago Six won three stakes at last year's meet, including the Sportsman's Breeders' Cup in his 2001 debut. He returned a week later to win the restricted Milwaukee Avenue Handicap, then capped his meet by winning the Grade 3 National Jockey Club Handicap over the Guided Tour.

Chicago Six, who is owned by Robert Trebat, wasn't nearly as invincible after leaving Sportsman's last year, but he ended the season on a high note, winning two stakes in his last three starts.

Chicago Six has yet to start this year, but will be asked to concede three to nine pounds to his opponents Sunday. Alfredo Juarez is back to ride Chicago Six for trainer J.R. Smith Sr.

Second highweight in the field is the English-bred Generous Rosi, winner of the Grade 3 Turfway Fall Championship and a distant second to Aptitude in the Jockey Club Gold Cup last fall. Following the Gold Cup, Generous Rosi traveled to Tokyo for the Japan Cup Dirt, but finished well back after dueling early.

Returning in a Fair Grounds allowance on Feb. 22, Generous Rosi finished last of eight after stalking the early pace. "He's a real heavy horse and we've worked on him to get his weight down," said trainer Niall O'Callaghan. "He's responded well and when he gets fit he'll run his race."

Secret Romeo, who closed late to win the six-furlong Lost Code Handicap at Sportsman's two weeks ago, isn't a certain starter in Sunday's race, according to trainer Gerald Bennett. "We'll decide the morning of the race whether he'll run or not," said Bennett, who is also looking at the Oaklawn Handicap for Secret Romeo's next start. Bennett said that if Secret Romeo does not start, his entrymate Touch of Power will run. Touch of Power recently won a one-mile optional claimer at Sportsman's.

Another who merits respect is the graded stakes-placed Kombat Kat, who returned from a nine-month layoff in the Fair Grounds allowance that included Generous Rosi. Kombat Kat raced wide but lost by only a neck.

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