04/09/2002 12:00AM

One Tuff Fox may go in Arkansas Derby


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - One Tuff Fox, who was forced to scratch from last weekend's Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby on the day of the race for having violated an obscure Lasix rule, could be a $25,000 supplement to the Grade 2, $500,000 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., on Tuesday was working to make transportation and rider arrangements for the colt. Entries for the 1 1/8-mile race were to be drawn Wednesday.

One Tuff Fox was scratched from the Illinois Derby last Saturday at Sportsman's Park after he was found unattended after having been administered Lasix, a violation of an Illinois rule that requires horses who receive the diuretic to be accompanied by a stable employee at all times on the backstretch. The colt's groom was showering when security personnel, looking to deliver a license to Dutrow, found the horse unattended.

One Tuff Fox is still in Illinois, and Dutrow was attempting to arrange for a van to leave Tuesday night to ship him to Oaklawn. "We're interested in the race," he said of the Arkansas Derby. "We're trying to arrange transportation, and we're not sure about the jockey. We're trying to get something lined up. Those are the two most important things."

Dutrow would like to have Eddie Martin Jr. ride the colt in the Arkansas Derby. Martin was aboard the colt in his last start, when he was a front-running winner of an entry-level allowance race at Fair Grounds on March 4.

The third-place finisher from that race, Forty Nine Deeds, won the $75,000 Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park in his next start and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

"He's got some speed," Dutrow said of One Tuff Fox, adding that the colt can either can go to the front or rate.

No shortage of speed

If he enters, One Tuff Fox would bring more speed into the Arkansas Derby, which already was expected to have an honest pace with Rushaway Stakes runner-up Wild Horses, as well as Outstander, a seven-furlong stakes winner in his last start, part of the anticipated field of 12.

Wild Horses will attempt to give trainer Todd Pletcher his third consecutive win in the Arkansas Derby. Pletcher's two winners, Balto Star last year and Graeme Hall in 2000, won the race wire to wire, which is the same tactic Wild Horses could employ, judging by his front-running effort in the Rushaway.

In that 1 1/16-mile race, he set the pace before being overtaken by the winner, . One start earlier, Wild Horses won his maiden by 10 lengths while going wire to wire in the slop at Fair Grounds.

Outstander should also be prominent from the start. He will be making his first two-turn start of the year in the Arkansas Derby after wiring his competition in the $40,000 Horatius last out at Laurel for trainer Rodney Jenkins.

If a speed duel develops, it would benefit several in the field, including Windward Passage, winner of the Grade 3 Rebel in his last start; Private Emblem, winner of a division of the Southwest Stakes; and It'sallinthechase.

It'sallinthechase is a closer who will be dependent on pace in the Arkansas Derby. In his last start, he rallied for third, beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Repent, in the Grade 2, $750,000 Louisiana Derby on March 10.

The colt should also appreciate the added distance he gets in the Arkansas Derby.

"He's never run a race yet where he wasn't finishing at the end of it," said Wilson Brown, who trains It'sallinthechase, winner of the $75,000 MEC Mile at Remington Park last November.

Brown said the colt has trained very well since the Louisiana Derby. "He's worked three times at Remington Park, and has worked fantastic. He's pretty sharp." Gerard Melancon has the mount for owner Darwin Olson.

Chavez reunites with Chamrousse

Jorge Chavez, who was aboard Chamrousse when she won her maiden last November at Churchill Downs, will be reunited with the filly Friday when she attempts to win her first stakes in the Grade 2, $200,000 Fantasy at Oaklawn.

The 1 1/16-mile race for fillies drew a field of seven, including Lake Lady, to be ridden by Donnie Meche, and Fun House, to be ridden by Chris McCarron.

In her last two starts, Chamrousse has tried stakes company, and in both races finished third to recent Grade 1 Ashland winner Take Charge Lady. Chamrousse was beaten seven lengths in the Grade 2, $350,000 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 9, and nine lengths in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday Stakes on Feb. 16.

Chamrousse won her previous two races, both over six furlongs.

"She's run four times and shown four good races," said trainer Niall O'Callaghan. "I think she's certainly proven she's got some quality. It's a question of how much."