07/23/2008 12:00AM

Fast pace could boost So Busted


If every race were like the Friday feature at Arlington Park, the racing business might have far fewer problems. With an overflow field of classy-looking allowance horses ready to clash for a $32,500 purse, horseplayers will be digging in, trying to find the solution to a deep handicapping puzzle.

Fourteen 3-year-olds and upward are entered in the one-mile turf race, the ninth of 10 races, and a victory by half of them, if not more, would not qualify as a surprise. So Busted, who would start from the outside in post 12 if neither of the two also-eligibles make the race, looks like one of those half-dozen or so main contenders in a true bettors' delight.

So Busted won for first-level allowance conditions over the Arlington turf in his last race and wheels right back for owner-trainer Mike Reavis for the second-level condition that governs the Friday feature. A 5-year-old gelding by Tiznow, So Busted has a mid-pack running style and competitive Beyer Speed Figures that could be well served by a fast pace that figures to develop.

Other viable challengers include Moon Prospect, Dynamic Wave, Drivingmaxandmitzi, and Tom Archdeacon.

Moon Prospect, trained by Mike Stidham, has been knocking on the door at this level, having posted two seconds and a third at this meet. Eddie Razo will be aboard the Irish-bred 5-year-old from post 1.

Dynamic Wave most recently was fourth when facing fellow Illinois-bred 3-year-olds in the June 21 Springfield Stakes. Bred and owned by Wayne Bessler, the colt has never run a poor race in eight career starts.

Drivingmaxandmitzi will be trying for a fourth straight victory, but his first since having been claimed from his last start by Larry Rivelli. Few horses can boast of his overall win percentage; he has captured 12 of 30 career starts.

Tom Archdeacon, named for the longtime sportswriter for the Dayton Daily News, seems likely to get through this condition sooner than later, having been good enough to capture a small stakes over the Arlington turf last year.

One other allowance, race 7, is carded for Friday, when twilight first post is 2:30 p.m. Central. A main contender among a full field of fillies and mares in that entry-level turf race is Clear Pond, whose trainer, Rusty Arnold, has enjoyed a particularly productive meet so far.