10/24/2001 12:00AM

Roussel has powerful one-two punch in dash


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Louie Roussel should have them coming and going in Arlington's Friday feature, a six-furlong allowance. If Extended View does not wire the field, Heart of a Chief can win the race with her stretch run.

Both fillies are owned and trained by Roussel, who picks his spots carefully. Roussel has had a typically high-percentage meet at Arlington, winning 13 times from 47 starters. Besides having his horses in the right race, Roussel has numbers on his side Thursday: His entry comprises almost a third of a seven-horse field.

Extended View has won at the meet, but Heart of a Chief has run at least as well while facing better company. Extended View, a 3-year-old Allen's Prospect filly, is all speed, winging on the front end for as far as she can. The strategy worked well here Sept. 8, when Extended View made the lead, set a fast pace, and held on rather easily to win a first-level allowance race. The performance was validated when the place horse from that race, Fit Performer, came back to win here last week.

Extended View has been given a nice break between races, has worked well, and is the likely pacesetter once again under jockey Eddie Martin.

Heart of a Chief won an allowance race at the Hawthorne meet, and the horses that finished in front of her in her two Arlington starts would all be heavily favored in this race. Two races ago she finished third in an overnight stakes to the multiple stakes winner Hattiesburg, and in her last race she was beaten by the brilliantly fast filly Emily Ring, who went to the front and never looked back.

Randy Meier has a call on Heart of a Chief, lending credence to the belief that Roussel will run both halves of the entry.

Roussel has to worry about Keepondealing, who regressed two starts ago after a big first-level allowance win but came back into form Oct. 6 with a third-place finish behind The Lord's Tune, a filly who is unbeaten in five starts at this meet.

* With yet another heavy rainstorm hitting the area in midweek, turf racing here is threatened for the remainder of the meet. Already, races are off the turf Thursday and Friday, and any more ran would endanger grass racing during Arlington's final weekend.

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