09/05/2008 12:00AM

Too Many Sins overdue


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Too Many Sins has had too many tough beats trying to clear his entry-level allowance condition. Maybe on Sunday at Arlington he can finally break through in the featured ninth race.

Too Many Sins, who since his maiden win last fall has lost three allowance races by a combined one length, was one of eight horses entered in a one-mile Polytrack race that's pretty good for the class level. Trained by Dale Bennett, Too Many Sins scored the most impressive 2-year-old two-turn maiden win of the Hawthorne meet last fall, winning off by seven lengths on Nov. 7. He basically failed to improve on that form over the winter at Tampa Bay Downs, but made it back to the races in July after a layoff of more than four months and has turned in two solid efforts over Arlington's synthetic surface.

Most recently, Too Many Sins led through a slow pace in a two-turn Polytrack race and was edged late by Fire Brewed, who shows up again in Sunday's race. The sense is that Too Many Sins is a better horse with a target, and at least two horses figure to outrun him on Sunday.

Fire Brewed won last time racing for a $50,000 claiming option, and returns under allowance conditions. His last-out score came at 1 1/16 miles, and a one-turn mile might not be ideal for late-running Fire Brewed.

Seaview, a likely pacesetter, finished second and third in good entry-level allowance sprints in June, and his first start in more than two months on Sunday comes at a distance farther than he has ever tried.

Late-running price shots Mr. Cooley and Sweetsouthernstyle also may have a chance.

Campbell enjoying career year

Sitting on 68 wins entering Friday's card, jockey Jesse Campbell is one victory away from equaling his best Arlington season, and he should easily surpass that total before this meet ends. Campbell, while trailing Rene Douglas by 30 victories, is second in the jockey standings, 10 in front of James Graham.

Both Douglas and Campbell are represented by agent Dennis Cooper, but Campbell said he had no reservations about using the same agent as the perennial leading rider.

"He's one of those guys who can handle two riders," said Campbell. "Me and Rene get along good, and I was never nervous about getting moved around or not being pushed 100 percent. All I want to do is stay healthy and ride my horses. I just like to do my thing."

Campbell, who is getting married on Sept. 28, said he will ride about three weeks at Hawthorne before going on a honeymoon, and then on to Fair Grounds for the winter.

* The remnants of Hurricane Gustav blew through town Thursday, contributing to a poor day of racing at Arlington. With 11 scratches on the day, the nine-race card had four races with five runners and another with just four, and average field size for the afternoon was just 5.8.