08/10/2008 11:00PM

Jose Adan returns off slow debut win

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Wayne Catalano was talking about his brother-sister stakes tandem of Lewis Michael and Dreaming of Anna recently when another name briefly entered the conversation.

"What about Jose Adan?" Catalano asked rhetorically. "I'm pretty excited about him."

Beyer Speed Figure enthusiasts will not be so excited, since Jose Adan earned only a 49 Beyer winning his career debut, but the performance might have been better than the raw number, and a better line will be had on Jose Adan after the first race Wednesday at Arlington.

Jose Adan was one of six horses entered in a six-furlong Polytrack race open to entry-level 2-year-old allowance horses or $50,000 claimers. There is a second-level allowance race for older horses later on the card (race 7), but the winner of Wednesday's opener figures to come back in the Arlington-Washington Futurity.

Jose Adan should improve his speed figure, but who knows if he's good enough to win. Breaking from the fence in his debut, Jose Adan had plenty of trouble before jockey Brandon Meier swung him outside in midstretch, whereupon Jose Adan responded with a final furlong in something like 12.60 seconds - not bad at all.

My Pal Richie looked good winning his maiden last time out for trainer Larry Rivelli, who has done best among Arlington trainers in 2-year-old racing this summer. But My Pal Richie's win came over a one-turn mile, and he might prove less effective at six furlongs.

Zion closed from fifth at the stretch call to win his debut on July 5 at Churchill for trainer Steve Asmussen, but the final furlong in that race went in just under 14 seconds, and a horse must be able to kick home faster on Polytrack.

Malibu Maverick lost his Churchill career debut for trainer Ronny Werner, but came back with a 2 3/4-length maiden win here Julyo27. That race came at 5 1/2 furlongs, but Malibu Maverick ought to be able to get the six furlongs, and might be the one to beat.

The second-level allowance is carded for five furlongs on turf, and Mountain Stag could run well. Claimed three races ago by trainer Tom Amoss for owner Maggi Moss, Mountain Stag was second on Polytrack at this level here July 4.