09/21/2003 11:00PM

Everyday Angel healthy again


CHICAGO - Recovered from a lung infection that forced her off schedule, Everyday Angel is on target to start Saturday at Arlington in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Everyday Angel was to have run Sept. 13 in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park, but days before the race she contracted an upper respiratory infection that prevented her from starting.

"She started coughing and got a little sick, but she never had a fever or anything," her trainer, Pat Byrne, said in a phone interview Monday. "We got her over it, and she's been back on the track for well over a week. She's been training well, and we'll do a little breeze tomorrow. Everything's positive."

Everyday Angel, who will be ridden by Shane Sellers, should be heavily favored to win the Lassie, which had seven likely starters as of Monday. Other 2-year-old fillies expected to start were Anapest, Blondz Away, Crypto's Best, Journey Fever, Sala de Oro, and Zosima.

Beaten a nose at odds of 3-5 in her career debut July 2 at Churchill, Everyday Angel came back to win a Saratoga maiden race Aug. 11 by more than 12 lengths. The performance thrust her into the national picture, and Byrne thinks Everyday Angel has the quality to go on to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with a strong race Saturday.

"She's very, very talented, and I don't think she's one-dimensional as far as going two turns," Byrne said.

Everyday Angel will travel by van from Churchill to Arlington on Friday. She'll be accompanied by Night Charger, slated to run in the Arlington-Washington Futurity. Night Charger has raced only once, winning an Ellis Park maiden race by three lengths on Aug. 23.

"He's a really nice colt," Byrne said. "I know the race is going to be tough, but he deserves a shot."

Cactus Ridge may get Martin to BC

Jockey Eddie Martin began riding at Arlington just last week after summering at Lone Star and Delaware. He has picked up some live mounts, but there is one central reason for Martin's stop here: Cactus Ridge.

Martin rode Cactus Ridge for the first time in the Ellis Park Juvenile and won by 6 1/2 lengths. He retains the mount Saturday in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, and another good showing from Cactus Ridge could land Martin in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

The undefeated Cactus Ridge has won all three of his starts, and won them easily. He has recorded two of the best Beyer Speed Figures earned by a 2-year-old this season, and his trainer, Bret Calhoun, believes that Cactus Ridge still is on the upswing. Sunday, Cactus Ridge had his final work for the Futurity, breezing five furlongs in a swift 1:00.80.

Cactus Ridge is one of only five horses committed to the Futurity, and he should be heavily favored Saturday. Capitano, second in the Del Mar Futurity, had been expected to ship here for the race, but Arlington racing officials said Monday that Capitano's connections had not yet found suitable shipping arrangements and were unlikely to send the colt.

Besides Cactus Ridge, the likely starters are Glittergem, Korbyn Gold, Night Charger, and Orphan Brigade.

Apt to Be returns in good shape

Apt to Be is a 6-year-old with 23 starts, but it's fair to say he has never been better. Making his first start since June 29, when he won the Grade 3 Hanshin here by seven lengths, Apt to Be cruised to a comfortable win Sunday in a high-class allowance race, winning by 1 3/4 lengths while running seven furlongs in a quick 1:22.40.

Apt to Be had battled a quarter crack that cropped up after the Hanshin, and his trainer, Chris Block, wondered if Apt to Be had done enough in his training to put in a top effort.

"I knew he was capable of running like that, but usually the first race back sets him up for a top effort," Block said.

Do not, however, rush to congratulate this horse after a win. "It's tough to tell how he comes out of races," Block said. "He gets so mad after he runs, you can hardly touch him back at the barn."

Apt to Be's anger had subsided by Monday morning, and Block said his horse looked bright. Block will look for a race at the Churchill meet that begins in late October, and will nominate to the Ack Ack there.

Marquez wins five on Saturday

Carlos Marquez has had a solid summer riding at Arlington. Saturday, he was spectacular, winning five times in nine races.

Marquez won the fourth on King Sweep ($8.80), the fifth with Lighthouse Lil ($8.80), the sixth with Turn to Lass ($45.20), the seventh with Kristine's King ($20.20), and the ninth with False Promises ($8.60), who rallied from 11th place in the last half-mile of a turf allowance race.