05/30/2005 11:00PM

Killing M Softly could keep Razo rolling along


Jockey Eddie Razo is looking to pick up right where he left off.

Razo enjoyed a terrific weekend at Arlington Park by winning the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup aboard Lord of the Game on Saturday and the overnight Mister Gus Stakes aboard Fort Prado on Monday. With the resumption of live racing Thursday, Razo appears to have another live mount in the Arlington feature race.

Razo has been named by trainer Chris Block to ride , a Team Block homebred who is part of a full field of Illinois-bred fillies and mares in the eighth of nine races Thursday. Although Killing M Softly lacks early speed, the race seems made to order for her late-running style.

Several fillies will be stretching out from sprint races to 1 1/8 miles on the grass in the Thursday feature, making a sizzling pace appear inevitable. Those who might not be able to resist sailing off early include Megawattie, Double Miss, Sunshine to Mara, and Badaboom.

Such a frantic scenario might benefit several of the back runners, most notably Killing M Softly, who most recently finished fourth in a similar entry-level allowance for statebreds. Considering it was her first start in nearly five months, she stands to move forward in her second start off the layoff.

Others who have a solid chance in the Thursday feature include , who figures to be first on the scene when the early pace begins to take a toll.

* Trainer Tom Tomillo said Lord of the Game may run one more time before heading off to Minnesota for the $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, for which the horse figures as the heavy early favorite. The Jewel will be the highlight of the six-race Claiming Crown series at Canterbury Park on July 16.

* Trainer Mickey Goldfine said Atlantic Frost, a three-length winner of the first division of the Reluctant Guest overnight handicap here Sunday, will probably make her next start in a prep for the $100,000 Modesty Handicap, a Grade 3 turf race set for July 23.

* Trainer Bertrand de Brevedent notched his first win of the meet when Music Way captured the eighth race Saturday. The start was just the third of the meet for de Brevedent, a former longtime assistant to Christophe Clement.