07/23/2009 11:00PM

Communique looks for old form

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Communique will try to bounce back from a poor showing on Polytrack in her last start in Saturday's Gaily Gaily Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Arlington Park.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - A couple different scenarios could play out in the Gaily Gaily Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park. Communique could bounce back to her better form from 2008 and in so doing dominate the 11 others entered in this $50,000 overnight turf stakes at 1 1/2 miles. Or she could not, in which case the Gaily Gaily is thrown totally wide open.

Communique is one of only two horses in the race to have won at 1 1/2 miles and is the only one with any kind of Grade 1 form. After winning the Modesty Handicap here last summer, Communique was a strong second in the Grade 1 Beverly D. and followed that up with a slightly less impressive third in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl.

But now, that kind of performance level has begun to feel like a hazy dream. Sixth and 10th in two races last winter, Communique was slightly better but still not back to her old self when she finished second in the Bewitch Stakes in April. And in the June 13 Possibly Perfect, which was supposed to lead to a return run at the Modesty, nothing went right. The race was rained onto Polytrack, there was absolutely no pace, and after making a mild middle move, Communique had nothing in the stretch, checking in fifth of six. She has posted three recent works at trainer Rusty Arnold's Keeneland base, but who knows which Communique is coming to Arlington.

The other 1 1/2-mile turf winner is Confined, who will try to win Jonathan Sheppard's third stakes of the Arlington summer. But Confined's win at the distance came over maidens at Kentucky Downs and she returns to flat racing now after a four-race steeplechasing stint between last August and this past May.

Lemonette exits a fourth in the Modesty and slots in well enough here, despite having made just five starts since 2007. That year, she won at 11 furlongs while racing in England, and June 7, she was good enough to finish second in a Churchill Downs second-level allowance at nine furlongs on turf.

Trainer Tom Proctor entered two in the race, and from the look of things, front-running Positivelycharming will ensure a quick pace for later-running Ballynoe. Ballynoe has a win and a second over turf this meet, and though she has never tried anything close to 12 furlongs, Ballynoe is bred to run over longer distances than she has yet attempted.