Updated on 09/16/2011 8:47AM

Entry may outflank opposition


This one has the look of a classic tag-team scenario.

With the Churchill Downs shipper Andelegend likely to show his usual turn of foot in the Sunday feature at Arlington Park, trainer Louie Roussel has a horse to entertain him from the opening strides.

The catch is that Roussel - who is away to his typical high-percentage start at the meet - also has a horse capable of rallying from just off the pace if the dueling leaders grow weary from their efforts.

Gold Taker, already a winner of three of five career starts, is the speedy colt whom Roussel has entered in the ninth of 10 Sunday races, a $39,000 allowance governed by a three-other-than restriction. Saucy Performance, a gray colt who has compiled nearly $100,000 from 17 career starts, is the other half of the Roussel entry. Saucy Performance figures to stalk from a favorable inside position after breaking from post 2 under the newly turned journeyman Elvis Trujillo.

As a single wagering unit, the Roussel duo could be slightly favored in the seven-furlong race over Andelegend, trained by Steve Morguelan, who comes off a sharp victory in a second-level allowance three Sundays ago.

Andelegend, owned by Stephanie Clark's Chrysalis Stable, is just one race away from being perfect. A

3-year-old Gold Legend colt, Andelegend won for maiden-claiming in his career debut last summer at Ellis Park before easily winning an entry-level allowance at Turfway Park. After getting more than eight months off, he returned with a third-place finish at Churchill, then followed that with his June 23 triumph.

Of the remaining five horses, King Cielo might be the most dangerous. Trained by Frank Kirby, King Cielo nearly won at this level the last time this kind of race was run at Arlington, finishing just a nose behind victorious Silver Bid after being a race-long threat.

Sports Channel, bred and owned in part by Jimmy Quarto, a novelist from Milwaukee, is one of the more interesting long-priced entrants. A Twilight Agenda 4-year-old, Sports Channel has been well beaten in two starts here but was sharp in going through his first two allowance conditions at the Sportsman's winter meet.

The Sunday card also features three other allowance races and a $50,000 claiming race. First post is 1:05 p.m.

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