Updated on 09/15/2011 12:30PM

'Six' still shooting high

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Undeterred by a pair of uncharacteristically poor races by his stable star, trainer J.R. Smith Sr. said Thursday that Chicago Six would make his next start in the $500,000 Washington Park Handicap on July 21 here at Arlington.

The reformed claimer Chicago Six, who has won multiple stakes for Smith and owner Richard Trebat, finished fifth in the Hawthorne Gold Cup on May 19, and last weekend finished 13th and last on turf in the Cardinal Handicap for Illinois-breds. Smith was unhappy that Chicago Six pressed a quick early pace in the Cardinal, but regardless of his trip, the 6-year-old horse clearly is a superior dirt runner.

Smith said Chicago Six had emerged from the Cardinal in good physical condition and continued to look good in his training.

Godolphin horses await better spots

Godolphin Racing still has started only one of its string of 2-year-olds at the meet, and Jilbab, who was to have run in Thursday's sixth race, was scratched by her connections, who were unhappy with an outside draw in a 4 1/2-furlong race.

"We're not going to run just to run," said Davey Duggan, trainer Eoin Harty's Chicago assistant. "If you break even a half-step slow from out there going 4 1/2, you're buried right away."

By A.P. Indy, Jilbab, like most of Godolphin's 2-year-olds, is bred along classic lines and not for short sprints, though the filly had worked a sharp half-mile here. Duggan said he and Harty would prefer to run their horses a bit farther, and they will soon get the chance.

Arlington 2-year-old heats soon will be carded at five furlongs, and Duggan said Godolphin has two horses each for the next filly and colt maiden races.

"We're started to get backed up," he said. "Eion just sent me four more" horses from California.

Promising filly on turf

Trainer Hugh Robertson and owner Jess Rutledge, longtime friends, have come up with a promising 3-year-old turf filly, Twilight Tryst, who won her second turf race in as many tries here. Twilight Tryst had gone winless in eight starts before switching to turf June 4 at Hawthorne. She beat a maiden field by almost four lengths that day, and won an allowance race Wednesday by more than six lengths.

Rutledge, a former trainer that Robertson met at Penn National, switched businesses some years ago, and now lives in Boise, Idaho, Robertson said. Twilight Tryst, an Afternoon Deelites filly, is the only horse he owns, and Robertson said Rutledge bought her privately after she failed to sell at a yearling auction.

"I noticed this winter that Afternoon Deelites was doing well on grass," Robertson said of the decision to try a new surface. "She ran like a decent horse. The grass has moved her up about 20 lengths, I guess."

Now Rutledge must decide whether he wants to sell Twilight Tryst. Robertson said prospective purchasers were interested in the filly after her maiden win, and that interest could only have intensified after her race Wednesday.

* Northwest Colors, a 3-year-old daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, won a maiden race at Arlington on Thursday. Making her second start for trainer Dick Lundy, Northwest Colors showed decent speed in the one-mile race and forged to the lead in mid-stretch. By Broad Brush, Northwest Colors is owned by Jerre Paxton and was purchased as a yearling at the Keeneland July yearling sale for $700,000.

* The 3-year-old Touch Tone, who is likely to run next in the Iowa Derby, worked a strong six furlongs here Wednesday for trainer Ronny Werner. Touch Tone was timed in 1:12, the best of seven works at the distance by two seconds.