Updated on 09/17/2011 10:55AM

In Secure emerges unscathed


CHICAGO - Everything went wrong for In Secure at the head of Belmont Park's stretch last Friday. Four days later, there are bright spots for In Secure's owner, breeder, and trainer, Louie Roussel.

Foremost, In Secure has returned to Chicago physically healthy. Making a run for the lead in the Grade 1 Prioress, In Secure and jockey Jorge Chavez ran out of room at the rail, and Chavez had to snatch up his mount to avoid colliding with Princess V., the pacesetter.

The incident upset Roussel immediately after the race. Roussel criticized Princess V.'s rider, Jerry Bailey, saying he moved his filly over to block In Secure's run, a stance Roussel continues to maintain.

"I realize it's a horse race, but I really think Bailey could have given her some room," Roussel said by phone Tuesday morning. "I was upset for her safety. She's my pet. She has the sweetest temperament of any racehorse I've been around."

In Secure, who flew from Chicago to New York, took a van back to Arlington, and appears to have emerged from the Prioress unscathed. And after three victories over lesser competition in Chicago, Roussel has confirmation his filly can run with 3-year-old filly sprinters anywhere.

"She should have at least been second, and maybe she could have won," he said. "I wasn't afraid to take her to New York."

But Roussel said In Secure isn't returning for the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga, a natural spot for successful Prioress runners. "I think the Test is out of the question. I want to give her some time to bounce back from this race. We're in no hurry. The A.P. Indys get better with age."

Weld has another derby horse

Irish-based trainer Dermot Weld won the American Derby here three years ago with Pine Dance, shipped in Jazz Beat to finish second last year, and has another horse for this year's race on July 20, Evolving Tactics.

An Irish-bred colt by Machiavellian, Evolving Tactics raced once as a 2-year-old before winning his maiden this spring at Cork. In his lone race against other winners, Evolving Tactics was a troubled third in a 10-furlong listed stakes June 19 at Royal Ascot.

His chances should be taken seriously. Weld has undertaken overseas ventures with more success than any Irish or English-based trainer. Last weekend, he sent Dimitrova to California for an easy win the American Oaks.

Two other Europeans reportedly are headed here for the Arlington Million in August. They are Kaieteur, most recently third in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, and Rakti, second in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

'Coach Jimi' preps for Carry Back

Coach Jimi Lee worked five furlongs in 1:01 Tuesday at Arlington and was scheduled to ship Wednesday to Calder, where he runs in the $250,000 Carry Back this weekend. Trainer Jimmy DiVito said the resurgent jockey Marlon St. Julien will retain the mount on Coach Jimi Lee.

Coach Jimi Lee finished a good third in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill before easily winning an overnight stakes here last month. His work Tuesday was second-best of 24 at the distance, yet DiVito said Coach Jimi Lee had gone easily. "He's right on schedule," DiVito said.

Full Mandate's status uncertain

Full Mandate also worked five furlongs in 1:01 Tuesday, but trainer Steve Asmussen is uncertain whether the colt will run here July 19 in the Washington Park Handicap. Full Mandate was a game winner of the Black Tie Affair here in May, but ran poorly last month in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill.

"The Foster might have been too much, too soon," said Asmussen, who currently is serving a suspension incurred at Lone Star Park. "The Washington Park is a possibility, but we'll have to see how he's doing."

* An Arlington investigation into a late odds-drop on a winning horse here last month turned up no evidence of malfeasance. During the running of the second race June 28, Rainy Day Rules dropped from 9-1 to 5-1 as she opened an early lead and went on to a convincing win. An Arlington press release said the investigation found no bets were placed on Rainy Day Rules after wagering on the race had closed.