06/15/2010 11:00PM

Helicopter experiments on turf

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He has gotten it done on dirt, and he has gotten it done on synthetic tracks at Arlington, Woodbine, and Keeneland. The win machine named Helicopter is 4 for 4 so far in 2010 after winning 9 races from 17 starts in 2009. Trainer Larry Rivelli has wanted to see if Helicopter's knack for finding the wire will carry over into turf racing, and barring a rain-off onto the main track, Rivelli will get that chance on Friday, with Helicopter one of 12 horses entered in a $5,000 starter allowance at Arlington. The race is carded for 1 1/8 miles on turf, and Alarming Afleet will run only with a switch to Polytrack.

Helicopter has won 13 of his last 21 starts after beginning his career 0 for 14, and the one-time struggling conditioned claimer just knocked out his second allowance condition with a narrow victory here May 28. Helicopter is by Three Wonders, a son of Storm Cat, and out of a mare by Septieme Ciel, a pedigree suggesting grass racing will fall within his repertoire.