09/07/2003 11:00PM

I'm a Majek Girl likely sidelined for months


CHICAGO - There were two overnight stakes races for 2-year-olds last week at Arlington. Korbyn Gold looked good winning the Spectacular Bid on Saturday, and I'm a Majek Girl looked even better winning the Top Flight on Friday. But it is possible that those races will have no impact on Arlington's major 2-year-old races on Sept. 27.

What's certain is that I'm a Majek Girl, a 7 1/2-length winner of the Top Flight, is out of the Arlington-Washington Lassie. I'm a Majek Girl walked out of the test barn lame after her race and was diagnosed with a slab fracture in her right knee shortly thereafter. A screw was to have been inserted in the knee during surgery on Monday. Her trainer Mike Stidham estimated I'm a Majek Girl could be out five or six months.

"That's about as high and as low as you can get in an hour," Stidham said.

I'm a Majek Girl, owned by the Three Kings Stable and Hilary Pridham, cost just $8,000 at a 2-year-old sale earlier this year. She debuted in a $50,000 maiden claimer, winning easily, and ran even better Friday.

"I thought she was unbelievably impressive," Stidham said. "She pulled [jockey Frank] Lovato to the lead and just started widening. She was perfect just after the race, but got lame as she cooled out."

I'm a Majek Girl ran seven furlongs in 1:21.91, .02 seconds slower than Korbyn Gold's clocking the next day in the Spectacular Bid. Korbyn Gold, ridden by Corey Lanerie for Steve Asmussen, won by three lengths.

Asmussen said he will decide in the coming weeks whether Korbyn Gold will start next in the Arlington-Washington Futurity here or in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. Saturday, he was merely relieved to see Korbyn Gold bounce back from a dismal effort in the Aug. 17, Ellis Park Juvenile, his first start since easily winning the Middleground Futurity at Lone Star.

"I knew one of his last two races was a throwout, and I was hoping it was the Ellis race," Asmussen said.

Korbyn Gold also was a bargain auction purchase: He cost just $4,000 at a Texas yearling sale. Bill Heiligbrodt purchased Korbyn Gold from Asmussen and co-owner Elmer Carter after Korbyn Gold impressively won his debut race.

Breakthrough for Bulldog George

Out of My Way has been the fastest Illinois-bred sprinter of 2003, but it is hard to picture a horse bred in any state running much faster than Bulldog George did here Friday. In a statebred overnight handicap, where he went off at nearly 11-1 in a five-horse field, Bulldog George ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.03. Along the way, he passed three-quarters in 1:08.63. Granted, the racing surface was lively Friday, but that's as fast as horses run at Arlington, and Bulldog George earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 108.

Bulldog George, a 4-year-old, is based downstate with the trainer Jimmy Wiser, and has made 15 of 17 career starts at Fairmount Park. Only twice has Bulldog George ventured north to Chicago - he was seventh in a Hawthorne stakes race last fall - but the minor leagues may no longer hold him.

"We've been looking for that kind of race from him for a while," said Wiser, who trains Bulldog George for B.J.K. Thoroughbreds. "I had to run him long this year just to have a place to run him. There were no races down here for him going short. He's been fine all year, though. He was still green last year. He was beating horses down at Fairmount he could beat just galloping, and that didn't teach him anything."

Wiser said he had no specific plans for Bulldog George, but that he would consider running back this month at Arlington.

Sue's Good News heads Pucker Up

A large field, perhaps 11 strong, is expected to the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes here on Saturday. The Pucker Up is at 1 1/8 miles on turf and restricted to 3-year-old fillies.

Heading the field is Sue's Good News, who won the Grade 3 Singapore Plate here in her last race. The Pucker Up will be her grass debut.

Also in for the race is Plume Rouge, an English-bred, Irish-raced filly who was fifth in the Irish 1000 Guineas this past spring. She runs Saturday for trainer Kevin Prendergrast, but Arlington racing officials said Plume Rouge is expected to remain in the United States with trainer Christophe Clement following her start this weekend.