09/12/2005 11:00PM

Therecomesatiger wants action


CHICAGO - Trainer Tom Proctor would have loved to put Therecomesatiger's unbeaten record on the line sometime in the last few weeks at Arlington Park, but there was no place to do it, not until the featured fifth race here Thursday. That is where Therecomesatiger swings back into action for the first time since July 24, when he won an entry-level turf allowance race by four lengths.

"I wanted to run him anywhere, dirt, turf, but didn't want to stretch him to a mile and an eighth," Proctor said. "He's been ready to go for a while now."

On Thursday, Therecomesatiger merely takes another step up the allowance ladder, starting in a second-level allowance at one mile on grass, and though he faces seven rivals, none are obviously talented enough to stop his climb.

, trained by Proctor for owner-breeder Charles Patton, debuted in a seven-furlong dirt race on July 2, winning by 1 3/4 lengths. It was a good effort, but not in the same class as the performance he put forth just more than three weeks later, stretching out to two turns and trying turf for the first time.

"I was kind of impressed by his last race," Proctor said. "He's got a lot of ability, and I actually think he can win a stake or two down the road."

Those are pretty strong words from Proctor, who generally prefers to keep idle speculation tucked deep in a pocket. But Therecomesatiger was so obviously impressive last time out. He took jockey Mark Guidry to the lead, but did so without becoming overly aggressive. An older, more experienced horse headed him around the turn and into the stretch, but Therecomesatiger flicked him aside and drew off to win as he pleased.

Since then, Therecomesatiger has turned in six published works, ranging from solid to sizzling. And while there is plenty of pace entered in Thursday's race, Proctor isn't concerned about his horse's trip.

"I train them and Mark rides them," Proctor said. "But I think Mark will find he can put him wherever he wants him."

If Therecomesatiger falters, and the guess is he will not, the race could fall to , who, after more than a year of trying, won an entry-level allowance race here Aug. 21.