06/13/2001 11:00PM

Dancin Emi to Iowa Oaks


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The 3-year-old filly Dancin Emi ran her record to three wins in three races Wednesday and probably earned a start in stakes company next month. Trainer Jan Ely said Thursday that Dancin Emi will be pointed for the July 5 Iowa Oaks, a $150,000 race at Prairie Meadows.

Dancin Emi has now won at all three Chicago-area tracks, and her win opening day here was her first try beyond a sprint distance. Under Carlos Silva, she led all the way in a second-level allowance race, running a one-turn mile in a good 1:36.26. After fighting Silva down the backstretch of the one-turn race, Danci Emi settled into a smoother stride after about a half-mile and finished strongly.

The filly ran hard and the track-level heat was intense Wednesday afternoon. By mid-morning Thursday, Dancin Emi's head was poking out of her stall in Ely's Arlington barn as she looked for attention. But earlier in the morning, the filly was dead tired. "She was exhausted," Ely said. "She was lying down most of the morning."

Ely said she fell in love with Dancin Emi at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale of 2-year-olds last year, and her owner, the Hussar Racing Stable, paid $65,000 for the Summer Squall filly. Dancin Emi trained lightly during the summer of her 2-year-old season but had not yet breezed when Ely turned her back out late in the summer. The filly resumed steady training in Florida in December and made her debut April 17 at Sportsman's, where she led all the way to beat nine other maidens.

"I don't think she beat that much at Sportsman's," Ely said. "The line in her [first-level] allowance race doesn't stand out. But she didn't handle the track and she fought off three different horses to win."

Dancin Emi was bred to be a distance horse and she should run even better in two-turn races like the Iowa Oaks, provided she learns to relax. "She still has to learn race technique," said Ely. "She needs to let the jockey decide what she's going to do."

Sand added to racing surface

This spring, before its meet began, Arlington slightly altered the nature of its racing surface, adding river sand to the dirt track. At times in the past, there have been problems with this track when it gets wet, and the addition of sand could help the surface stand up to rain and drain better.

Horsemen generally have seemed pleased with the altered surface, though it will be tested more sternly as the horse population here swells to maximum capacity in the coming weeks. There was rain in the area in the days before the meet opener, and on Wednesday morning some horsemen described the surface as "gooey." But by post time in the afternoon, the track had completely dried out and was lightning fast and speed favoring.

Nearly all the dirt races Wednesday went to horses on or near the early lead, and the inside of the track seemed superior to the outside paths.

Horsemen also are pleased with Arlington's new barns, three of which were built during the off-season to house 164 horses. Squeezed into the middle of Arlington's sprawling stable area, the barns are very much open-air and offer good ventilation during hot weather, though that same feature may become unattractive in October.

"The stalls are big, and the barn's as nice as you could ask for," said trainer Leo Gabriel, who stables in barn 9C.

Globalize pointing for Hanshin

Globalize came out of his fourth-place finish in Wednesday's Barry Shipp Handicap in good shape and will be pointed for the Hanshin Cup here July 7, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

Globalize came back from a year's layoff in the Shipp, having last run in the 2000 Belmont Stakes. Earlier that spring, he won the Grade 2 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.

In the Shipp, Globalize was trapped along the inside behind horses for much of the race, and didn't find racing room until late in the stretch. "I thought he ran well," Hollendorfer said. "I'm not making an excuse, but if [jockey] Ray [Sibille] could have gotten out on the turn, that's when he wanted to make his run."

* A field of seven or eight is expected for Sunday's $50,000 Joe Marovich, an overnight stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.