07/24/2008 11:00PM

Dime super nets $46K


Without an allowance or stakes race to highlight the day, Thursday's eight-race card at Arlington was largely forgettable. Forgettable, that is, except for the mutuel payoff fireworks that erupted in race 5.

Anchored by Purple Majesty winning the maiden $40,000 claiming turf race at 21-1, followed by 38-1 Fiesty Fitz, 14-1 Keep the Chief, and 19-1 Djeddah, the superfecta paid off to one winning ticket, a 10-cent ticket that returned $46,900.41.

The payoff was an Arlington record for a 10-cent superfecta wager, said Dave Zenner, senior communications manager at Arlington.

Other exotic payoffs returned handsomely. A $2 exacta of Purple Majesty and Fiesty Fitz paid $1,281.40, and a $2 trifecta that included Keep the Chief paid a meet-high $39,418.

Zenner said the winning superfecta ticket was sold through the Philadelphia Park betting hub, but the mutuel department was uncertain of the amount the winning bettor wagered in combinations.

Injured rider hopes for Sunday return

Arlington's leading apprentice jockey Brandon Meier, injured upon his return to the winner's circle after riding The King of Ming to victory for Frank Calabrese in the second race Thursday, is shooting for a return to riding Sunday.

"I just brought him home from the hospital," veteran jockey Randy Meier, Brandon's father, said Friday morning. "He was coming back to the winner's circle when a horse in front of him wheeled. Brandon's horse propped and he came off. He hit on his side and took a knee from the horse right below his vest. He's shooting to come back Sunday. He'll just have to wake up and see how sore he is over the next few days."

Close in wagering, close in photo

Although Thursday's feature was merely a starter $16,000 race, it was a thriller, with Twisting Road surging in the closing yards to defeat Chestermite by a nose.

The finish was as tight as the wagering on the race. Twisting Road was narrowly favored in the 10-horse field, starting at 3.20-1 odds, just less than Chestermite at 3.30-1.

Einstein to drill for Million

Einstein, one of the likely favorites for the Aug. 9 Arlington Million, will likely work this weekend as he continues preparations for the 1 1/4-mile turf race, the annual highlight of the Arlington Park racing season.

Trainer Helen Pitts said she planned to give him a "good work" after the horse breezed an easy half-mile at Churchill Downs this past Sunday in 52.20 seconds, his first work since finishing second in the Grade 2 Firecracker at Churchill Downs.

"He is dying to do a little something," she said.

Pitts said his next two works would come over the dirt at Churchill Downs, before he is shipped up to Arlington the Monday or Tuesday of Million week.

Another potential Million starter, Stars and Stripes winner Silverfoot, worked Wednesday at Arlington, breezing a half-mile in 51 seconds over the Arlington course.

Four from Desert Party's wake

Horseplayers who place handicapping importance on the company a horse keeps may want to give extra consideration to Transxpress in Sunday's fifth race - and to the trio of Dance Caller, Like Gangbusters, and Kid Gusto in race 7.

The four colts exit a June 22 maiden race at Arlington Park that was won by Desert Party, subsequent winner of Thursday's Grade 2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga.

Dance Caller, Like Gangbusters, and Kid Gusto ran fourth, fifth, and sixth behind Desert Party, respectively. Transxpress fared worst, finishing last of 11.