08/07/2008 11:00PM

Plan bought by IEAH Stables


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - A controlling interest in Plan, who was to race here Saturday in the Secretariat Stakes, was purchased earlier this week from Michael Tabor by the IEAH Stables. After the Secretariat, the colt will remain in the United States, and will be turned over to trainer Rick Dutrow, IEAH co-president Michael Iavarone said Friday.

Plan, a son of Storm Cat and the mare Spain, was listed as the morning-line second choice in Saturday's Secretariat. He has won 2 of 5 starts, with victories in a maiden race at Leopardstown last year at age 2 and in the Group 3 International Stakes last month at the Curragh, a race in which 3-year-old Plan defeated older horses.

Iavarone said IEAH was attracted to Plan both because he was shipping for the Secretariat, and because of his blue-blooded pedigree. Spain's graded stakes victories included a win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"His pedigree made him attractive," Iavarone said. "I think he's one of the best-bred horses in training."

IEAH owns Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown.

Sudan suffers bowed tendon

Sudan, who shipped here from New York to race in Saturday's Arlington Million, suffered a bowed tendon at some point after galloping here Thursday morning. The injury was diagnosed on Friday morning and Sudan was withdrawn from the Million.

Sudan, imported to the U.S. last year after campaigning mainly in France, finished a close fourth last month after setting a fast pace in the Man o' War at Belmont. He had figured to set the pace in the Million, and looked like a candidate to win the race.

"He galloped on the track one day, came up with a tendon the next day," trainer Bobby Frankel said. "It's brutal."

Owned by Gary Tanaka, Sudan is a 5-year-old gelding by Peintre Celebre. He won the Group 1 Premio di Milano in Italy last summer, and won the Golden Gate Fields Turf on May 31, his only win in four U.S. starts.

Arlington-Washington Lassie developments

Thursday's entry-level allowance race prep for the Arlington-Washington Lassie turned out to be a fairly weird race. The half-mile split in the six-furlong race came up a glacial 47 seconds, and the only one of five horses in the race who was entered under a $50,000 claiming option, Ravin Maniac, came out a 1 1/4-length winner.

"She's just a little small little thing," said trainer Larry Rivelli, who co-owns Ravin Maniac with Richard Ravin.

Rivelli said he would consider the Arlington-Washington Lassie for Ravin Maniac, but he and Ravin may have another horse for that race in Streamin Heat, who is based in California with trainer Wesley Ward.

Streamin Heat finished third in her career debut, but then won a California-bred maiden race by three lengths and a California-bred stakes by a half-length on July 18. Rivelli said Streamin Heat also could run back in another Cal-bred race for Ward.

Meanwhile, the 2-year-old colt My Dominick James - another Rivelli-Ravin production - has turned in two recent works after getting sick and missing a couple weeks. Rivelli said he had planned to send My Dominick James to Del Mar for this weekend's Best Pal until the colt took ill and had miss about two weeks of regular training. My Dominick James, a fast maiden winner here in his debut and a sharp winner of the July 5 Prairie Gold Juvenile, returned to the work tab on July 25, and worked five furlongs here Wednesday in 1:01.

Rivelli said he's pointing My Dominick James for the Arlington-Washington Futurity, and that My Dominick James could prep for the race in an Illinois-bred stakes at Fairmount Park later this month.