11/06/2001 12:00AM

Odds will take a tumble on It'sallinthechase


It'sallinthechase will go from longshot to favorite seemingly overnight. The colt, who finished 10th at 147-1 in last month's $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park, should be an odds-on favorite in his next start, the $75,000 MEC Mile at Remington Park in Oklahoma City on Nov. 24.

Prior to the Breeders' Cup, It'sallinthechase exhibited his class by finishing a sharp second despite trouble in the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park. Publication, who won that race, returned to finish fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

It'sallinthechase stumbled at the start of the Breeders' Cup, but trainer Wilson Brown says that wasn't the only trouble he encountered.

"I don't think he liked the racetrack or the company," said Wilson Brown, who trains It'sallinthechase. "He didn't like that old sandy racetrack. [Jockey] R.D. [Williams] said he changed leads four or five times down the backstretch trying to get a hold of it. But he came back absolutely perfect."

After the MEC Mile, which will be the colt's first start around two turns, It'sallin-thechase will be given some time off to freshen for a 3-year-old campaign, said Brown.

Clark may be next for Mr Ross

Mr Ross is in the midst of the best year of his career, and as a result, trainer Donnie Von Hemel is taking a closer look at running the Remington Park-based gelding in the Grade 2, $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23.

Earlier this season, the 6-year-old Mr Ross finished second in the Grade 1, $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap.

"We're going to see who's nominated to the Clark, and if we think we have a chance to get a big piece, we'd sure try," said Von Hemel.

Von Hemel said Mr Ross is also under consideration for the $75,000 Governor's Cup Handicap at Remington Park on Nov. 24, as well as the $75,000 Tenacious Handicap at Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Dec. 2.

Mr Ross has had a banner year. He won a pair of Grade 3 races at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., this spring prior to the Oaklawn Handicap. In his most recent start, he won the $90,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Classic by 10 3/4 lengths to improve his earnings to $904,810.

Mr Ross is aiming to become the second millionaire bred by his owner, Don McNeill. McNeill, who has a broodmare band of seven, also bred $1.3 million earner Clever Trevor.

Trainer shatters hip in bike accident

Horses usually miss races because of injury, not trainers. But on Saturday night, it will be trainer Gary Palmisano who misses the $25,000 Buffalo Bayou Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, not his longtime charge, Coach Rags.

Palmisano shattered his left hip in a bicycle accident last Monday, and will be unable to saddle Coach Rags in the Buffalo Bayou. He will leave those chores up to one of his friends, trainer Jim Hudson.

"It's been terrible," said Palmisano, who is based at Fair Grounds. "I can't sit down. I can't stand up."

Palmisano was riding his bicycle in the dark at Fair Grounds one morning before training, hit a sand patch, and was thrown to the ground when his bicycle spun out from beneath him. "It was a freaky thing," he said. "I landed square on that hip. There's not a scratch on me anywhere else."

Following the Buffalo Bayou, Coach Rags will be pointed for the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf at Fair Grounds on Dec. 8. He won the race in 1999, and finished second in it in 2000.

* Boots on Sunday, a multiple stakes winner at six furlongs who has earned $265,960, was scheduled to fly from Sam Houston to Laurel Park in Maryland on Thursday for trainer Danny Pish to begin preparations for the Grade 1, $300,000 DeFrancis Memorial Dash. The six-furlong race will be run Nov. 17.