09/04/2009 12:00AM

Good hits road again with Rattlin Gypsy


John Good is going places. Having already sent runners this summer to Woodbine, Churchill Downs, Prairie Meadows, Canterbury, and Mountaineer, the 30-year-old Irish-born trainer said he is "picking the best spots we can" from his main base at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago.

"Just trying to take advantage of our position here in the Midwest," said Good, who worked seven years for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert before opening a public stable in 2005.

Next stop: River Downs. Good will have one of the contenders in Rattlin Gypsy in a wide-open edition of the $100,000 Bassinet Stakes, which kicks off the final weekend of action at the Cincinnati track. Rattlin Gypsy was second as a lukewarm favorite in the Aug. 16 prep for the six-furlong Bassinet.

"She ran a good race, and she should be able to improve Saturday after getting a race under her belt over that deep, tiring track there at River," said Good. "I think she's very live in that spot."

Realistically, Rattlin Gypsy looks no better, or worse, than most of the other nine 2-year-old fillies set to oppose her in the Bassinet. The speed of the race is drawn toward the outside in the form of Letter of the Law and Tremendamente Loca. Tremendamente Loca is trained by Tim Hamm, who seeks his third Bassinet score after winning in 2001 with Joanies Bella and last year with Afternoon Stroll.

Toward the inside, Rattlin Gypsy will be looking to rally from off the pace, as will Jody Slew, the filly who defeated her in the Bassinet prep.

Other Bassinet contenders are All About Anna, who gets Corey Lanerie following a maiden victory at Ellis Park; Well That's Enough, a 20-length maiden winner last out at River; and High Brow Honey, a recent maiden winner at Hoosier Park.

The Bassinet goes as the 12th of 14 races on a combined 7&7 program with Thistledown. Post time for the first event at River (race 2) is 1:20 p.m. Eastern, with the Bassinet to be run at 5.

The $200,000 Cradle Stakes, the annual River highlight, will close out the meet Monday. The Cradle, for 2-year-old colts and geldings, goes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.