09/15/2008 11:00PM

Stall has better time this visit


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Al Stall's first stakes trip to Arlington Park this summer turned, quite frankly, into a bummer. Lattice looked like the horse to beat in the Stars and Stripes Handicap on July 4, but finished last of nine in the race, and had surgery to repair an injured ankle not long after.

Suffice it to say that things went much better for Stall and owner Adele Dilschneider this past weekend. First, their 2-year-old Terrain took home the hardware from the Arlington-Washington Futurity despite crossing the wire third. Arlington stewards judged that Terrain had been fouled by both the winner, Jose Adan, and the runner-up, Advice, and placed Terrain ahead of both horses.

Had Stall ever benefited from a double disqualification before?

"Definitely not," Stall said Tuesday. "Not even in a little claiming race or anything like that."

For good measure Stall and Dilschneider won the Safely Kept Stakes on Sunday with 15-1 shot Quota, who ran well to beat Magnetic Miss.

Terrain now owns victories in his first three starts. He captured the Mountaineer Juvenile last month, and won his debut at Churchill in a $50,000 maiden-claimer.

"He's a gelding, and he'd worked okay, nothing spectacular," Stall said of his decision to start Terrain off in a claiming race. "It wasn't like anyone made a big score betting on him. He'd just trained okay over the Polytrack at Keeneland."

Stall, echoing jockey Jamie Theriot, believes Terrain would have won the Futurity outright had not the two incidents occurred. Terrain came out of the race with a cut on his fetlock, but Stall said the injury appeared to be superficial. The question now is whether Terrain wheels back on three weeks' rest in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. Stall said a final decision would have to wait on that, but all things being equal, Terrain might well end up in the race.

"He trains at Keeneland, so he just walks out of the stall to race," Stall said. "I wouldn't mind seeing what he is around two turns."

Catalano appealing DQ

Trainer Wayne Catalano, who co-bred and co-owns the Arlington-Washington Futurity's first-place finisher, Jose Adan, said he had filed an appeal of Jose Adan's disqualification from first to second with the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday.

Appeals of stewards' rulings rarely are successful, but Catalano contends that Jose Adan's coming over on Terrain in the final half-furlong of the Futurity did not change the race's order of finish.

"I've watched it 100 times," Catalano said. "It didn't cost [Terrain] a placing."

While Jose Adan's disqualification was a bitter pill, Catalano can take some heart in the knowledge that he has an unusually talented Illinois-bred. Jose Adan won his debut with a late rush in an Illinois-bred maiden race, but jumped up and beat open entry-level allowance foes in his second start, and successfully stretched out to a one-turn mile on Saturday.

"He came out of it excellent, ice-cold, perfect," Catalano said. "I'm going to sit tight with him right now - I don't know what I'm going to do with him yet."

Jose Adan will be considered for the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, and Catalano would not be getting grandiose to think about the Breeders' Cup for his homebred son of Cryptoclearance.

Aiming for another Cup

Talk of another Arlington Breeders' Cup arose again at the Illinois Racing Board's dates-awards hearing on Monday.

Arlington's president, Roy Arnold, said several times during the daylong meeting that Arlington wanted to throw its hat into the ring for the 2011 Breeders' Cup, and even asked the racing board to give its formal approval for Arlington to pursue the Cup with the board's blessing. The racing board's chairman, Joe Sinopoli, told Arnold that the board would need more time to review all the implications of hosting the event, but the board encouraged Arnold to go forward with his inquiries.

Arlington hosted the Breeders' Cup in 2002. Track officials have regularly used the possibility of hosting the event again as a reason for continued expansion of their race meet deeper into autumn. Arlington's 2009 season will end Sept. 30.