10/19/2004 11:00PM

Golden Trevally can handle it all

Benoit & Associates
Silver Bid put in a poor showing in his last race, but came out of it healthy and on schedule.

CHICAGO - Christine Janks currently is traveling somewhere in Africa, but that doesn't mean a horse she trains can't win the Friday feature in Stickney, Ill.

The Janks barn has entered Golden Trevally in Hawthorne's featured seventh race, a fourth-level allowance with a $50,000 claiming option. The race is carded at two turns on grass, but thunderstorms are forecast for Friday afternoon. In fact, grass racing has been canceled here the last two Fridays.

That won't stop Golden Trevally, who has won on dry dirt, in mud, and on grass. Her most recent start, a third-place finish in the $122,000 Indian Maid Handicap on the Hawthorne grass, also happens to be the best last-race performance of any of the eight horses entered here. Golden Trevally was beaten more than four lengths in the Indian Maid, but a nice mare named Beret ran away with the race, and Golden Trevally finished only a neck out of second.

While the Janks-trained Golden Trevally is adaptable, another local horsewoman, Michelle Boyce, would welcome the sound of thunder and a cascade of rain. Boyce has two horses for the 1 1/16-mile feature, Balla Twine and Quest for Truth, and both favor dirt racing. Another Boyce-trained horse named Arsen Annie has been transferred to trainer Steve Fridley, at least for Friday's race.

Boyce would have preferred to simply enter for dirt, but so far this meet, that has not been an option.

"I came here with horses ready to run, but I can't get them in," Boyce lamented. "I'm forced to enter for turf because the dirt races don't go. With the colts, they seem to be able to get those to go. The fillies, it's a mess."

Balla Twine would be especially dangerous if the feature gets transferred to a wet main track. She has won three times in mud, and has the speed to shake loose on a clear lead.

A pace horse who does prefer grass is Samantha B., who last raced Sept. 12 at Arlington, finishing eighth in the Flawlessly Stakes. The type of trip she has Friday depends on whether Balla Twine and It's Spooky - another speed horse lacking turf form - stay in the field if the race stays on grass.

Catalano taking hands-on approach

The trainer Wayne Catalano has plenty going on in Chicago right now, with a full load of horses housed in two different Hawthorne barns. Nevertheless, he travels Friday to Keeneland in order to work Tamweel there on Saturday morning. Tamweel, second to Azeri last out in the Grade 1 Spinster, ships to Lone Star next week for the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Catalano has sailed past 50, but the former jockey still gets on many of his own horses in the mornings. And with a horse as good as Tamweel, Catalano is leaving nothing to chance.

Meanwhile, Catalano and Mark Cornett, the principal of Turf Express Inc., which co-owns Tamweel with Darrell and Evelyn Yates, said rumors Tamweel had been sold were unfounded. Tamweel is for sale, Cornett said, but no buyer has offered the asking price. Tamweel was purchased privately out of Southern California last summer.

Silver Bid still on target

Silver Bid, the leading Illinois-bred sprinter, finished last of five in a dull performance here Friday, but there is nothing wrong with the horse, and Silver Bid remains on track to run in an Illinois-bred sprint stakes Nov. 13 at Hawthorne.

Silver Bid was favored to win a tough open allowance race, but missed the break, costing him his customary forward position, and never got out of fifth place.

"He just never got into it," said trainer Joel Berndt. "They ran fast, but it was a greasy track, and I really don't think he liked it."

Berndt said Silver Bid went back to routine morning gallops a couple days after the race, and that the horse is well.

"We'll be there on Illinois Day," he said.

Fifteen Rounds, whose career has been revived the last couple months, was a sharp winner of the allowance, running six furlongs in 1:09.40.