09/28/2008 11:00PM

Prime Realestate faces difficult task


STICKNEY, Ill. - Watching early wagering activity in the Honor Glide Stakes on Sept. 6 at Arlington Park, one thing seemed clear: Prime Realestate was dead on the board.

Coming out of a respectable fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Secretariat and into a $50,000 overnight stakes race, and hailing from the stable of leading trainer Wayne Catalano, Prime Realestate easily could have been the favorite in the Honor Glide, but he went off at odds of 7-2 and struggled home seventh of nine. The whole thing really was no mystery: Prime Realestate barely gets out of a common gallop on wet turf courses. The turf was termed soft that day at Arlington, and the grass at Hawthorne could be wet for Wednesday's featured eighth race, bad news for Prime Realestate, who was one of nine entered in a second-level allowance carded for one mile on turf.

Catalano won with 38 percent of his starters at Arlington, but he has begun Hawthorne with three losses. Prime Realestate is capable of moving Catalano into the win column, but even on a firm course, the horse is no sure thing. Prime Realestate runs late, and in the first three racing days this fall at Hawthorne, only one grass race has been won by a horse like that. Front-runners and pace-pressers took the other four turf races during opening week, and So Busted might have a better profile for this particular spot than Prime Realestate.

Mike Reavis trains and co-owns So Busted, and Reavis won with 2 of 5 starters here opening week. He and owner George Angelos claimed So Busted for $25,000 in May, and so far, that looks like money well spent. So Busted finished a close second to the sharp turf horse Dynaman in his first race after the claim, won an entry-level allowance race in his second start for Reavis, and came back from a mid-summer freshening to finish a good third in a deep second-level allowance race contested over one mile on Polytrack on Sept. 5 at Arlington. That comeback start might have So Busted primed for something better Wednesday, and under Tim Thornton, So Busted figures to get first run on Prime Realestate and two other contenders, Tony Terrific and Drivingmaxandmitzi.

Tony Terrific won twice at Arlington and was rained off turf in his final start there. After a productive 10-race 2008 campaign, Tony Terrific might not have another forward move left, and one might be required for a Wednesday win.

Drivingmaxandmitzi, a 10-time turf winner, has been claimed for $35,000 out of his last three starts, most recently rejoining trainer Larry Rivelli.