07/26/2006 11:00PM

No Tolerance lone speed


No Tolerance looks to have a distinct pace advantage when he faces eight rivals in Saturday's $75,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap.

No Tolerance looms as the lone speed in the 1 1/8-mile handicap and should prove tough to catch under his regular rider, Joel Campbell. In his most recent start, No Tolerance scored a gate-to-wire one-length victory in the Mister Gus, going one mile over the turf course at Arlington Park on May 29.

In his most recent dirt start, which came three races back, No Tolerance led until the final strides before dropping a nose decision in a $100,000 optional claiming event going 1 1/16 miles at Hawthorne on March 25. Overall, the 5-year-old No Tolerance sports a record of 9-8-5 in 31 starts with earnings of $234,702. No Tolerance will carry 117 pounds.

Late runners Wayzata Bay, Wally's Choice, and Sur Sandpit loom the main threats.

Wayzata Bay finished eighth in the Grade 2 Cornhusker on July 1 in his last start. Prior to that race, he rallied to score a three-quarter-length victory in the Rasmussen Memorial at 1 1/16 miles on May 29. Judi Hicklin trains Wayzata Bay, who figures to make a late run under his regular rider, Carlos Montalvo. Wayzata Bay will carry 116 pounds.

Wally's Choice is the 118-pound highweight for trainer Mike Biehler. Wally's Choice has won two of three starts this season, all coming in stakes. In his only loss of the year, Wally's Choice finished fourth, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Wayzata Bay, in the Rasmussen. Overall, Wally's Choice has won 13 of 27 starts and $427,090.

Fairmount: Wildwood Hat Trick shortens up

Wildwood Hat Trick's most recent efforts, in a pair of one-turn miles at Arlington Park, were good ones but not his best. In late June, he finished a solid third in the restricted Springfield Stakes. More recently, he was a fading fourth in allowance company after being pressured into setting a fast early pace.

The $40,000 Pete Condellone Memorial, the feature at Fairmount Park, affords Wildwood Hat Trick a prime opportunity to rebound by allowing him to do what he does best: sprint.

Wildwood Hat Trick is half of an entry expected to be favored in the Condellone, a six-furlong stakes for Illinois-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings. The Condellone attracted just four other betting interests, and the one horse who could keep Wildwood Hat Trick out of the winner's circle is his entrymate, Ww Kooky Monster.

Of the two, Wildwood Hat Trick has the edge on class. He has also been a more consistent sprinter, finishing first or second in all three of his attempts at less than a mile. Both geldings have sharp early speed, however, and it might prove difficult to keep one far from the other early on. Throw in the possibility of another front-runner, Mr. Canyon Run, adding fuel to the pace, and the Condellone could be ripe for the taking by the horse with the best closing kick.

Of those likely to rate behind the leaders, Smooth Cart seems strongest. He is a three-time winner in four starts over the Fairmount strip, and he won a handicap there two weeks ago.

- Vance Hanson