07/30/2008 12:00AM

Precious Kitten coming for Beverly D.


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Arlington Million Day does not feel quite right without Bobby Frankel in the mix, and Frankel said Wednesday that he will have at least two and perhaps three runners here for the Aug. 9 Million card.

Sudan, who speed-dueled and held well for fourth last out in the Man o' War Stakes at Belmont, is coming for the Million, and Frankel said he also is considering Out of Control for the race. But the established Frankel star who will ship into Arlington is Precious Kitten, who figures to be favored in what is shaping up to be an outstanding edition of the Beverly D. Stakes.

Precious Kitten could give Frankel an unprecedented third win in the Beverly D., a race he won in 1995 with Possibly Perfect and in 2003 with Heat Haze. Precious Kitten, purchased privately earlier this year by Lael Stables, has won five of her last nine starts, has finished first or second in 16 of her 21 career races, and in thoroughly dominating the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap in her most recent race, she put herself at or near the head of a filly and mare turf division that seems especially deep this year.

"Ginger Punch and her, those are my favorite horses," Frankel said. "They always show up."

Precious Kitten's layoff since the May 26 Gamely has not come by design. She was being pointed toward the CashCall Mile on July 5 at Hollywood, but developed a quarter crack, and, after shipping to New York, needed a few weeks to get over the foot problem, Frankel said. Precious Kitten was fit before the quarter crack, and has worked four times - with one more breeze to come - for the Beverly D. Frankel feels like Precious Kitten will be set fitness-wise for the Beverly D., and he does not fear the race's 9 1/2-furlong distance, either. Precious Kitten hasn't won at a distance beyond nine furlongs, but lost all chance in her only longer race, getting wiped out by a turn-blowing horse in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Precious Kitten, who ships in Wednesday, figures to vie with another New York-based mare, Mauralakana, for favoritism in the Beverly D. Also expected for the race are Dreaming of Anna, Rosinka, Communique, Meribel, and a pair of Europeans, Cicerole and Toque de Queda. Lady of Venice, third in the race last year, is considered a possible starter.

Well-traveled Rasierra in for Oaks

The connections of the 3-year-old filly Rasierra are not shy about shipping. In 10 lifetime starts, Rasierra has raced at seven different tracks, venturing as far afield as Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"We're not opposed to trying different spots," said Prairie Meadows-based trainer Ray Tracy. "She's nominated to the Manitoba Derby, too."

Rasierra was here at Arlington last September, finishing second in the Arlington-Washington Lassie, and she will be back on Friday for the $100,000 Arlington Oaks on Saturday. Rasierra was one of eight fillies entered in the local Oaks, a Grade 3 carded for 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack. The entire field, from the rail out, consists of Apple Martini, Sky Mom, Temper Temper, Dreaming of Liz, Rasierra, Miss Mafioso, French Kiss, and Day of Victory.

Rasierra's only poor race in five starts this year was an eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks. Most recently, she chased eventual winner Storm Mesa through fast fractions in the June 27 Iowa Oaks, and wound up fading to fifth.

"We thought we were good enough to go up there and stay with her," Tracy said. "That probably was a mistake."

Rasierra has raced on nothing but dirt tracks this year, but Tracy said his filly should welcome her return to Arlington's synthetic track.

"We ran her on that track last year, and she liked the racetrack a lot," said Tracy. "That won't be a disadvantage to her at all."

Sky Mom, who wound up second behind Storm Mesa in the Iowa Oaks, might be narrowly favored Saturday over Day of Victory, who faced males and finished fourth in the Iowa Derby on June 27. Locally based Dreaming of Liz also should be strongly supported.

Recapturetheglory hits the road

Recapturetheglory worked a bullet three furlongs from the gate here Wednesday in 37.40 seconds, and is all set to ship to Mountaineer Park on Friday for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby.

Recapturetheglory appears to his connections to have turned a corner physically, and probably is doing better now than when he finished fourth June 14 in the Northern Dancer at Churchill. And while Recapturetheglory goes all right at Arlington, he should appreciate getting back on dirt when he races this Saturday.

"He's just not real big on Polytrack," said Lara Van Deren, assistant to trainer Louie Roussel.

Van Deren noted that Recapturetheglory is at least displaying the appetite of a horse ready to show his best.

"He's eating better now than he ever has," said Van Deren.