08/28/2007 11:00PM

Two luck out in new posts


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - While Thursday's nine-race Arlington card went with no allowance races, Friday's 10-race program overflows with allowance types.

Races 4 and 5 are split divisions of an Illinois-bred second-level turf allowance; race 8 is written at the same class level, but at six furlongs on Polytrack; and race 9 is an entry-level turf allowance also open to $50,000 claimers.

Races 4 and 5 are made up mainly of horses who had been scheduled to start last Thursday in the ninth race, a race that had to be scrapped because of strong thunderstorms. And where Princeton Hills and Snapphok had poor outside posts last week, they both are well drawn in race 5, with Princeton Hills on the fence, Snapphok in post 2.

But that's where the similarities end. Princeton Hills does his best work on or near the lead, while Snapphok comes from way off the pace and needs help up front. He may get it, too, with the stretchout sprinter Tax Exemption and front-end type Brave Hunter also entered in the race.

There appears to be less speed in race 4, and if true, that would help Chillin Villain, who is getting his first shot in a grass race after failing to take to Polytrack this summer. Chillin Villain was one of the best Illinois-bred 2-year-olds of 2006, but has gone 0 for 5 during this meet.

"I just don't feel like he's really running up to his ability on Polytrack," said trainer Christine Janks. "When it comes time to run, he doesn't seem to be able to dig in on it, so we'll try the turf."

Chillin Villain isn't obviously bred for grass, but could benefit from setting a slow pace - and landing in what looks like the softer of the two divisions.

Race 8, the Illinois-bred Polytrack sprint, boasts a host of contenders, but the selection is Carl N Frosty, who raced in stakes company last out, and around two turns on turf two starts ago. Back in a sprint allowance, he looks formidable from near the lead. The closers Michalson, Bad Bet, and Variant figure to be coming late.

The entry-level turf allowance, race 9, drew a field of eight 3-year-olds, and Pegged in the Red looks good here. Pegged in the Red won a maiden race around two turns on turf last fall at Hawthorne, didn't race again until July 18, and finished a close fourth after a difficult trip.

"He was last early, and he had no shot," said trainer Mike Stidham. "He got some running room, and he was flying late."

David K has potential excuses for two recent losses, and could easily win with a return to the form he showed earlier this meet.