09/23/2004 11:00PM

Tamweel may make next start in Spinster


STICKNEY, Ill. - Tamweel, who finished second to the recently retired Adoration last out of the Arlington Matron, breezed a comfortable five furlongs Thursday at Hawthorne, and in a change in plans, could make her next start in the Oct. 10 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland.

Wayne Catalano, Tamweel's trainer, said for two weeks after the Sept. 4 Matron that he and Tamweel's owners probably would point the filly for the Breeders' Cup Distaff. The Distaff remains a possibility, but Catalano said he was taking Tamweel to Keeneland in case the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster comes up a light race.

"I'll go ahead and take her down there, and then we're there if it works out," Catalano said.

The trainer said that if the Spinster "starts to fall apart, if it's the right five horses in it, we could run. It's a Grade 1. We need to keep our options open."

Tamweel, an English import, ran well when she lost to Adoration, her first defeat since Turf Express Inc. and Darrell and Evelyn Yates purchased her privately in early summer and turned her over to Catalano. And Catalano thinks the lightly raced Tamweel has more to offer. A former jockey, Catalano has been working Tamweel himself, and said her five-furlong breeze Thursday, timed in 1:01.40, was another good one.

"I only let her go like a good eighth of a mile," he said. "She went her last quarter in 23 and three."

Catalano said he has pulled up stakes at Mountaineer Park. He has 20 horses at Hawthorne, and said - contrary to reports - he was not taking a string to Lone Star Park.

"I'm not going to Texas," he said. "I'm looking at Louisiana or Gulfstream for the winter."

Son-in-law rising

Brian Williamson can be himself again, not the alter ego of his father-in-law, the longtime trainer Harvey Vanier.

During the summer at Arlington, horses from the Vanier barn run under his name, though Vanier is aging now, and Williamson has much of the day-to-day responsibility. When Arlington ends, Vanier takes a smaller string to Kentucky and Gulfstream Park. Williamson goes to Hawthorne, where his name goes down as trainer on the entries.

Asked if Vanier had any plans to retire, Williamson said, "Harvey's been talking about it for the last couple years, but I don't know."

Williamson has 40 horses stabled here, horses everyone knows he trains. "I don't mind my name getting out there a little," he said. "I wouldn't mind attracting some new clients, but its hard, when nobody knows who you are."

The 2-year-old named Straight Line, who dead-heated for second Sept. 19 in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, is not among Williamson's Hawthorne string. He is at Arlington until Wednesday, when he and a few more Vanier-trained horses ship to Keeneland. Straight Line is a candidate for the Breeders' Futurity there next month.

Straight Line won his career debut and an allowance race at Arlington running on the lead, but came from well off the pace to just miss in the Futurity. Between positive starts, Straight Line was crushed in the Ellis Park Juvenile, but the race is a complete throwout. Straight Line stumbled early and threw a shoe, and came back with mucus in his lungs. Worse still, he probably left his race in the horse trailer on the way from Arlington to Ellis.

"I rode with him on the way back, and five minutes after we left, he was dripping wet," Williamson said. "I think he hates shipping."

Serious talent in feature

A second-level Illinois-bred allowance sprint, carded as race 5, headlines Hawthorne's nine-race card Sunday, but the statebred restriction belies the feature's quality.

Seven horses were entered in the 6 1/2-furlong race, including the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers from a race at this class level Sept. 1 at Arlington, Shamuuu, Defense Motion, and Camp Nagawicka. Luga, an entry-level allowance winner in his last start, and the come-backing Beamer'n Glick add depth.

The oddly named Shamuuu has made a remarkable turnaround in recent months, turning from a closing route horse to a pacesetting sprinter.

"I put him in a stall next to Coach Jimi Lee," jokingly explained trainer Jim DiVito, who trains both horses. Coach Jimi Lee ran the fastest six furlongs ever timed in Illinois last winter at Hawthorne.

"Really, he's just turned into a speed horse, and we even train him that way," DiVito said. "I tried sending him a couple times, and he responded."

Camp Nagawicka was fourth as the favorite in the Sept. 1 race, and figures to run better Sunday. Chris Block adds blinkers to Camp Nagawicka's equipment, and before his recent loss, the horse had done little wrong.