09/10/2007 12:00AM

Filly stakes winners set to run again soon


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Late Saturday afternoon, it wouldn't have been altogether surprising to have seen Wayne Catalano running around the Arlington Park grandstand shouting, "I'm the king of the world!"

Catalano's 70th winner of the meet - breaking his own record for wins by a trainer during one season here - came with Dreaming of Anna, who ran shockingly well to win the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes in what surely ranks as her finest performance this year at age 3. Barely a half-hour later, there was more joy from the Catalano camp when Dreaming of Liz, the filly Catalano had been touting for weeks, led all the way in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Two graded stakes wins in a half-hour? Not bad for a guy many refer to as a claiming trainer, and who often is knocked for running up the score with class-dropping winners.

By Monday morning, Catalano might have come slightly back down toward earth, but the news out of his shed row was good: Dreaming of Liz had been jumping around the barn with a lip chain to hold her on the ground, and Dreaming of Anna was looking around for treats. In other words, neither filly appeared to have been taxed by her winning performance, and both are on track to race again soon.

In the aftermath of the Lassie, Catalano and Frank Calabrese's racing manager Steve Leving intimated that Dreaming of Liz, a Calabrese homebred by El Prado, could train straight up to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, which Dreaming of Anna won last year. But by Monday, Catalano said that Dreaming of Liz could make her next start in the Alcibiades Stakes on Oct. 5 at Keeneland. That would mean a turnaround in 22 days for the Breeders' Cup, but the timing doesn't seem to concern Catalano.

"She's a big, strong filly," he said.

Dreaming of Anna also probably is Keeneland-bound, with her next start likely to come in the Oct. 13 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, which would almost certainly preclude a start in the Breeders' Cup.

Dreaming of Anna received a Beyer Speed Figure of 91 for the Pucker Up, the same number she got winning the Virginia Oaks by a diminishing half-length in her prior start, which is somewhat hard to believe. Dreaming of Anna set a fast pace to the half-mile Saturday, getting there in 47.34 seconds, yet she still ran her final furlong in 11.90 seconds for a fast final time of 1:48.20.

Dreaming of Liz got a Beyer of 74 for running a one-turn mile in about 1:37. Both Catalano and jockey E.T. Baird believe that Dreaming of Liz still has only scraped the surface of her natural ability.

Lewis Michael rounding into form

Catalano's Saturday took a turn to the good much earlier than his stakes wins. Lewis Michael breezed five furlongs in 1:00, galloping out three-quarters of a mile in 1:12 under jockey Trey Agilar. Lewis Michael, Dreaming of Anna's 4-year-old brother, won the July 28 Washington Park Handicap by almost five lengths in his most recent start, and Catalano said the Saturday work was a major step toward his next race.

"I've been waiting for the call from the horse," Catalano said Saturday. "He worked today, and I told those guys, 'He's speaking loud now!' "

Lewis Michael still hasn't been committed to an upcoming race, but the Sept. 29 Goodwood Handicap at Santa Anita has emerged as a front-runner. That race will be run on Cushion Track, and Lewis Michael has 3 seconds and 2 victories on all-weather surfaces.

Voy Por Uno Mas has turned around

Voy Por Uno Mas continued his transformation from abject failure to stakes-class turf horse with a good win Sunday in the Honor Grades, an overnight grass stakes for 3-year-olds. Going straight to the front under jockey Jesus Castanon, Voy Por Uno Mas set a quick pace, but had plenty left to hold off Gentleman Chester and favored Demarcation. He won by 1 1/4 lengths, and was timed in a strong 1:41.89 for 1 1/16 miles.

"The half-mile in 47, that was pretty fast for the distance," trainer Moises Yanez said. "I think it was a good race. The kid rode him good."

Yanez will soon shift his entire stable across Chicagoland to Hawthorne, and that is where Voy Por Uno Mas could next start. Yanez said he would like to run in the Oct.o13 Hawthorne Derby, a Grade 3 with a $250,000 purse - a lofty spot for a gelding who lost his first four starts by a combined 100 lengths.

* Jockey Israel Ocampo, who was kicked in the face after his mount broke down in a race last month, is set to return to action Friday. Ocampo began breezing horses early last week, said his agent, Jodie Sinclair.

* Jennie R. signaled her readiness for Saturday's Ada L. Rice Illinois Owners' Stakes with a bullet five-furlong work in 58 seconds Monday morning.