07/05/2002 12:00AM

Galic Boy usually fires fresh


CHICAGO - Figuring out the Bowl Game Stakes seems fairly straightforward. If Galic Boy is ready to roll after nearly five months on the sidelines, he will probably win.

Galic Boy faces six horses Sunday at Arlington in the $45,000-added Bowl Game, a turf race at 1 1/16 miles. A 7-year-old Irish River horse bred and owned by Arthur Appleton, Galic Boy has established himself as a solid turf horse in the listed stakes to Grade 3 level, winning 10 of 33 starts and more than $383,000 in his career.

He finished a close fourth behind Del Mar Show and North East Bound last winter in the Grade 3 Ft. Lauderdale at Gulfstream Park, was last of four in the off-the-turf Canadian Turf Handicap, and hasn't raced since.

"He took a vacation," said trainer Mickey Goldfine "It was time to give him a break. He wasn't sore or anything. We took the time and got him ready for a summer and fall campaign. In the past, he's always run well after a layoff."

It's true. After his annual break, Galic Boy started his 2001 campaign with a win in the $40,000 Overage Stakes at Hawthorne. And the good fourth in the Ft. Lauderdale also came after some down time.

"He trains well, and he gets a lot out of his works," explained Goldfine. "He makes it easy for me to get him ready."

Goldfine said he's happy with Galic Boy's condition right now. The horse is in a good spot, and the weather forecast - no rain - is favorable. "His downfall is soft grass," Goldfine said.

If Galic Boy's not favored, Just Like Jimmy will be, and based on his closing second to the talented colt Mystery Giver in the June 22 Cardinal Handicap, a statebred race, he's a prime contender in the Bowl Game.

The short break between Just Like Jimmy's races is worth noting, but the horse won with a 10-day break earlier this season.

The rest of the field is: Associate, Mister Volare, Private Bound, Promise of War, and War Council.

- Lady of Peace won Thursday's Possibly Perfect here by a neck for owner Russell Reineman and trainer Bobby Springer.

- The apprentice rider Elvis Trujillo won three more races Thursday to increase his total the meet to 28, only three behind leading rider Rene Douglas. But Sunday is Trujillo's final day as a five-pound apprentice, and he will begin riding without a weight allowance next week.