07/10/2001 11:00PM

San Pedro to try Round Table's two turns


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The 3-year-old colt San Pedro returned from an injury with an impressive sprint allowance win here Saturday, and will probably make his next start in the Grade 3 Round Table on July 28, trainer Spanky Broussard said.

San Pedro, who has won three of four lifetime starts, is something of a rarity, an Illinois-bred with enough natural ability to beat open allowance company, which he has done twice now. The one restricted start he made was in the Fair Grounds Sales Stakes, a race limited to horses who had gone through the Fair Grounds Sale of 2-year-olds.

San Pedro beat the good colt Rahy's Secret by more than four lengths in the Sales Stakes, his only two-turn race to date.

Despite his lack of route experience, San Pedro, a colt by Leo Castelli, may prove to be a better distance horse than sprinter. In the Round Table, he will run nine furlongs for the first time. "He's got Spend a Buck on the bottom, and he won the Kentucky Derby," Broussard said. "There's distance all over the top side of his pedigree."

San Pedro raced once here as a 2-year-old, then had trouble with his shins and didn't start again until Fair Grounds. After a pair of wins there, San Pedro was being pointed for the Louisiana Derby when he suffered a hairline fracture in the cannon bone of his left front leg.

"It's an injury where light exercise actually helps it heal," Broussard said. San Pedro stayed with Broussard at the racetrack during his recovery, walking the shed row for a few weeks before resuming light training. "He must have jogged a million miles. It healed up well and it hasn't bothered him yet."

San Pedro raced wide throughout his six-furlong comeback race Saturday, but he was far from tired in the stretch, drawing away to win by 3 1/2 lengths over a muddy track and was timed in a snappy 1:10.43.

"He's a very smart horse," Broussard said. "He'll do whatever you want. He does act the part, but we don't know yet if he'll fill the part."

Longer better for Great Fever

The European import Great Fever ran the best race of her life here Sunday, winning a stakes-quality turf allowance race by running down down the talented filly Watch, who controlled a moderate pace. Arlington carded the race as a prep for the Grade 3 Modesty on July 28, and Great Fever will start next in either the Modesty or in the Grade 3 Glens Falls at Saratoga on Aug. 10.

The Glens Falls, an 11-furlong turf race, is attractive to owner Frank Calabrese and trainer Wayne Catalano because of its distance. The filly started her career in France as a distance specialist, and her last three wins in this country have come at distances between nine and 12 furlongs. The 1 1/8 miles of her victory Sunday scarcely scraped the surface of her stamina.

Still, it was the best race she has run since Calabrese bought her more than a year ago with a lone win at Saint-Cloud on her resume. Catalano said the filly has matured both mentally and physically and has become more comfortable with the American style of racing. "She's got things down pretty good right now," he said.

Catalano himself was aboard for 4-year-old Langston's first work since he finished second here in the Stars and Stripes Handicap on July 1. Langston worked five furlongs on turf, with the dogs up, in 1:03.80.

An $80,000 claim last summer, Langston could be pointed to a stakes race, perhaps the Arlington Handicap here July 28, but also remains eligible for a fourth-level allowance race.

Greely contingent due in town

Trainer Beau Greely, who saddled Manndar to a second-place finish in last year's Arlington Million, was to have shipped seven horses here Wednesday from Southern California. Among them is Takarian, who upset the American Handicap at Hollywood in his last race. He is being pointed for the July 28 Arlington Handicap here.

Greely also has sent the 3-year-old Sligo Bay here for the July 22 American Derby and Jig, who is being pointed to the Modesty. Greely's shipment also includes Five Star Day, who might run next in the A Phenomenon at Saratoga, Raypour, and a pair of maidens.