05/21/2009 11:00PM

Mile on grass perfect for Consequence


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Reading between the form lines, it looks like trainer Shug McGaughey still is figuring out what the filly Consequence does best. But McGaughey did not hesitate when asked where Consequence would excel.

"I think she's better on grass," McGaughey said. "A mile would be perfect."

One mile, grass - that's the American 1000 Guineas, which is why Consequence was shipped to Arlington on Tuesday from McGaughey's base at Belmont Park.

Consequence is one of eight 3-year-old fillies entered in the 1000 Guineas, a second-year Arlington stakes experiment with a first-rate purse of $200,000. Also entered were the one-two finishers from the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes on April 16 at Keeneland, Afternoon Stroll and Hot Cha Cha, but it is hard to know what to make of those two. Afternoon Stroll, stretching out from synthetic-surface sprints, won the Appalachian at one mile on turf at odds of 50-1. Hot Cha Cha improved when switched to route racing earlier this year, but the Appalachian also marked her turf debut, and she began her career in a $30,000 maiden claimer.

Compare that to Consequence, a daughter of El Prado and the high-class mare Educated Risk who was thrown into the Grade 3 Miss Grillo last year in her second start. From there, it was on to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, where Consequence finished a troubled sixth. In 2009, she was fourth in a Gulfstream Park dirt sprint before finishing third last month in the Grade 2 Beaumount, a seven-furlong Polytrack sprint at Keeneland.

"I'm looking forward to getting her back on grass," said McGaughey.

Prytania makes her stakes debut, and looks ready for it. A troubled third in her career debut, a two-turn Tampa turf race, she won her maiden by more than three lengths March 24 at Tampa, and easily won an entry-level Keeneland turf allowance on April 22.

"We were not high on her earlier in the winter," said trainer Tom Proctor. "She was very ordinary in the mornings, but now she's done everything we've asked. She's got a very good turn of foot."

Hanshin: Coragil Cat ripe for a repeat

Should history repeat itself, trainer Greg Geier would be smiling.

Last spring at Arlington, Coragil Cat won the Timeless Native Stakes and came back three weeks later to capture the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup Handicap. About three weeks ago, Coragil Cat notched another win in the Timeless Native, and the stars appear to have aligned for a second win in the Hanshin.

"He's training excellent," said Geier. "He's done everything right. I'm hoping he runs the same as he did last year."

Coragil Cat was one of eight entered in the $100,000 Hanshin, a one-turn Polytrack mile. Pace player Stonehouse drew the rail, and should have early company from front-running Voy Por Uno Mas as well as Spotsgone, who upset the 2007 Hanshin. A fast pace would help Coragil Cat, who begins moving on the turn and does his best work in the stretch.

Amazing Results is 2 for 2 on Arlington's main track, and won the one-mile Springfield against Illinois-bred 3-year-olds last summer. Amazing Results has just one six-furlong start since getting a winter break, which worries trainer Chris Block.

"I feel good about him, but I wish I had another race in him," Block said.

Cherokee Artist has posted back-to-back two-turn wins, and trainer Graham Motion feels the horse can adapt to a one-turn mile.

"He's got a pretty good style, and you can put him wherever you want," said Motion.

:: Illman and Serling: (DRF Plus)