08/28/2008 11:00PM

Little Mac Attack live on short-fields card


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Looking for a feature race on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend at Arlington Park? Don't strain your eyes. While the Arlington racing office labored long and diligently into Wednesday evening to produce an 11-race Saturday card, only horses sufficient to fill 10 races passed through the entry box, and the program is rife with short fields and lower-level races. The afternoon's racing starts with a six-horse $10,000 Illinois-bred maiden-claiming race, and continues with another six-horse $10,000 Illinois-bred maiden-claiming race. Five other races on the card have seven entries, and three of those are for maidens.

Field size at Arlington generally has been decent all meet, and vice president of racing Kevin Greeley said the sudden slowdown was somewhat surprising.

"I didn't foresee it coming," Greeley said Thursday, noting that the draw for Sunday was going at least a little better than Wednesday's draw. "The races we took entries for [Wednesday] had filled fine the last time they came up."

Greeley mentioned an open $14,000 claiming race for fillies and mares that had drawn 10 entries the last two times it had come up; on Wednesday, the race drew three entries and had to be scrapped.

After Sunday's card is drawn Thursday, 13 racing cards remain to be assembled, and racing officials are hoping for no more repeats of Wednesday's shortage. "We're hoping it was a one-off yesterday," Said Greeley.

The highest-class fare on the card is race 6, a good-betting Illinois-bred entry-level allowance mile that drew a field of nine horses. There is a line of commonality between logical contenders Oranmore and Little Mac Attack. In his last start, Oranmore beat Wild Expectations by five lengths; Little Mac Attack beat Wild Expectations by six lengths the last time he raced.

Could it be as simple as Little Mac Attack by a length over Oranmore? Probably not, and at least in this Saturday race, there are seven other options.

Advice on track after missed work

Advice, a leading locally based prospect for the Sept. 13 Arlington-Washington Futurity, missed a scheduled breeze last weekend because of a cough, but already has returned to galloping and remains on course to make the race, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

"We decided to skip a work since he'd had such a steady stream of works," said Pletcher. "He's scheduled to breeze Sunday and then again the next Sunday."

Advice has raced once, and will come into the Futurity after a break of more than two months. His debut win, a blowout, came over a one-turn mile, and Pletcher did not want to turn back Advice in distance, believing that waiting for the one-mile Futurity was a better option.

My Dominick James earns Futurity try

My Dominick James landed a spot in the Arlington-Washington Futurity with a strong win Tuesday at Fairmount Park in the Troy Our Boy Stakes. The Fairmount race was restricted to Illinois-breds, but in his two prior starts, My Dominick James won an open maiden race at Arlington and the Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows. His three wins have come by a combined 10 lengths, and My Dominick James, a son of Dance Master, was geared down late in Tuesday's race after sprinting away from his competition in a matter of strides after turning for home.

"[Tim] Thornton tapped him once on the shoulder, and 'boom,'" Rivelli said. "When you ask him, he just goes."

Rivelli said My Dominick James would have one work before the Futurity. He also said he is likely to have a horse for the Sept. 6 Arlington-Washington Lassie - Ravin Maniac, who won an entry-level allowance race leading from start to finish here in her last start.