07/14/2009 11:00PM

Three threats from father, son


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Who do you like in race 7 on Friday at Arlington Park? Bennett, Bennett, or Bennett?

Yes, this $50,000 turf-sprint claimer, the highest-class fare on a 10-race card, basically is all about the Bennetts. Son Dale Bennett has two live-looking horses for the race, Brooks Star and Prosico. Father Gerald entered Blind River Fox, who has been training at turf-less Presque Isle Downs and is a three-time winner of short turf sprints.

In all, the race has seven entries, and looks highly competitive. Greeley's Angel exits a fast-closing win in a $35,000 turf-sprint claimer, and since there's one of those on Friday's card, too, it seems highly positive that trainer Jim DiVito put this horse in for $50,000.

Caruso, one of the better Illinois-bred sprinters in recent years, is in for a tag for the first time here, while No Fault is on a losing streak, but has won two of his four Arlington grass races, and has generally faced higher-class competition than he sees here.

But the Bennetts could be tough - any or all of them. Brooks Star finished third in a fast second-level Polytrack allowance last time out, and has the sort of speed and quickness to be effective at Friday's five-furlong distance. He was second in his lone turf start, which came at a low class ($15,000 nonwinners of two), but was at Euro-style Kentucky Downs.

Prosico just won a race under these same conditions, but did so over just three foes, and with help from a slow early pace. The water runs deeper this time.

Blind River Fox has recently been fourth and second over the Presque Isle Tapeta surface, but looks like he might be a better horse going short on grass, and was third in a tough Tampa open allowance race the last time he tried the turf.

C.S. Silk tops Oaks field

A field of seven was entered Wednesday for Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Oaks, with 2008 Arlington-Washington Lassie winner C.S. Silk the likely favorite.

C.S. Silk drew the rail, and will be ridden by Robby Albarado. Hot Cha Cha, Always in My Heart, Excelente, Perfect for You, Peach Brew, and Sweet and Flawless are also entered.