09/06/2008 11:00PM

C.S. Silk cruises in Lassie


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The last time she had raced, C.S. Silk cruised to a six-furlong dirt maiden win on July 6 at Churchill Downs, but Saturday in the Arlington-Washington Lassie, the scene looked much different: First time on Polytrack, first time at a middle distance, and first start against other winners.

"There were a lot of different angles there for her," said jockey Robby Albarado.

Different angles, but same result. A 6 1/4-length maiden winner, C.S. Silk won the Lassie by six lengths, marking herself as a horse to watch for this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

C.S. Silk had come from fourth-place when she won in July, but she was sharp Saturday in the Lassie, a Grade 3 with a $150,000 purse. Mamma Lina broke on top, and California invader Broadway Hennessey shot up the inside to take the lead, but C.S. Silk quickly put herself into the race and she raced on the lead through a fast pace, 22.33 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.59 for the half.

Even so, C.S. Silk went along as smooth as silk, with Albarado taking a nice hold as she sped along.

"She had her ears up," Albarado sad. "She really was just galloping."

Broadway Hennessey came under a ride at about the quarter pole and quickly fell back, and no one came close to challenging C.S. Silk in the stretch.

"My horse was game, she really tried," said Jamie Theriot, who rode second-place Quite the Lady. "The winner just never came back."

Owned by Chicagoans William Pacella, George Bonomo, and Fred Barbara, C.S. Silk is a daughter of Medaglia d'Oro and is trained by Dale Romans. She paid $10 to win and was timed in a snappy 1:36.38 for the mile. Romans said the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland next month was a logical next spot for C.S. Silk.

Todd Pletcher-trained Quite the Lady was followed home by her stablemate, Phola. Pretty Prolific, the 5-2 favorite, went evenly and finished sixth.

Closeout runs down Lucky Copy in Pucker Up

Three-quarters of a mile into the Pucker Up Stakes, Closeout still had nine horses in front of her - and that was the right place to be.

Lucky Copy's fast early pace set the table for a late-runner in the Grade 3, $200,000 Pucker Up, and Closeout was the right one. Rallying in the final quarter-mile she caught a game but weary Lucky Copy just yards from the finish, winning the nine-furlong grass race by a half-length.

"[Lucky Copy] was stopping the last eighth of a mile," winning rider Jamie Theriot said, "and I was just getting going."

Trained by Tom Proctor for owner-breeder Leonard Lavin's Glen Hill Farm, Closeout paid $10.40 in her graded stakes debut. She was timed in 1:53.22 for nine furlongs on a turf course rated soft.

While Closeout raced from the back of the pack, she had a clean run Saturday, something that was not the case when she finished second last out at Saratoga, and that has generally eluded Closeout in a career that just began this past March.

"This might be the first time she didn't have a troubled trip," Proctor said.

Clear Pond, last of 13 in the early going, finished third, more than a length behind Lucky Copy, who set fractions of 23.95 seconds for the first quarter-mile, 48.05 to the half, and 1:12.24 for three-quarters. Favored Bel Air Sizzle also raced well behind the early leader, but struggled home 10th, and did not handle the wet going, her rider Rafael Bejarano said.

Snoose Goose avoids trouble in Honor Glide

Earlier on the card, Snoose Goose avoided a jam-up at the top of the stretch and finished strongly for a three-length win in the $54,600 Honor Glide for 3-year-old turf horses.

In the stretch run, things got tight down on the inside between Sr. Henry, Attempted Humor, and Robscarvic, who was taken up at the fence. After an inquiry and an objection, Sr. Henry was disqualified from second to fourth.

Snoose Goose, ridden by Rafael Bejarano for trainer Mac Robertson, rallied on the outside, staying away from all the trouble, and paid $10.40 to win. Time for the nine furlongs on "soft" turf was 1:54.06.

* Jesse Campbell, second-leading rider at the Arlington meet, suffered a broken shoulder when he went down in a one-horse spill in the Honor Glide, his agent Dennis Cooper said late Saturday afternoon. Campbell was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights after clipping heels on the backstretch while riding Gangbuster. Campbell was conscious and communicative, and was undergoing further tests early in the evening, Cooper said.