04/05/2007 11:00PM

Walder going to Arlington, not Calder


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Peter Walder has had another good winter at Gulfstream Park, notching his 12th victory of the session with Picture Frame in Friday's second race. And if all had gone according to plan, the Canadian-born horseman was going to try to carry that success over to Calder, where he was planning to relocate beginning with the opening of the 2007 meeting on April 25.

But earlier this week, Walder had a change of heart and instead will transfer his entire stable to Arlington Park when the Gulfstream session ends in two weeks.

"I wanted to settle down in one spot, and my wife, Francine, and I decided south Florida was the best place for us," Walder said. "That way we could still race at Gulfstream in the winter. But after some of my owners got a look at the purses in the first condition book for Calder, they decided they weren't high enough to offset the costs. Since a couple of them live in the Chicago area, Arlington Park became the most logical option, and fortunately I was able to get enough stalls."

Walder has been consistently among the top percentage trainers at Gulfstream in the winter and Monmouth Park during the summer for the past several years. His victory Friday put the 37-year-old Walder, who has a 24 percent success rate for the meet, in a seventh-place tie in the standings with Nick Zito. Walder finished fourth with 17 wins here a year ago.

Francine Walder also has her trainer's license, and has been moonlighting this winter as a co-host on the weekend paddock seminars with track analyst Ron Nicoletti. She also co-hosted the local telecast of the Florida Derby last weekend.

Plesa moves up into fourth

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who is based in south Florida year round, has quietly had himself another big winter, notching his 14th victory with Riggins in Friday's fourth race.

Plesa, who will again send a string to Monmouth during the summer, is looking for big things from Yesbyjimminy, who finished second behind Street Magician in Saturday's Aventura Stakes in his 3-year-old debut.

"I was very pleased the way he came back to do so well against a horse as highly regarded as Street Magician," said Plesa, who moved into fourth in the standings with his win Friday. "He did very well for us last year despite chronic shin problems, and we'll probably try him next in the Unbridled Stakes at Calder and see where that leads us."

The 1 1/16-mile Unbridled is one of four stakes to be decided at Calder on April 28.

Wolfson looks for next top miler

Trainer Marty Wolfson will have some big shoes to fill since Eclipse Award winner Miesque's Approval is not returning from Dubai. He hopes to fill them with Can't Beat It, a Grade 3 winner a year ago, who will run at Calder on April 28 in the Grade 3 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"Hopefully Can't Beat It will turn out to be my next good miler," said Wolfson. "That's a great distance for him. He's a really nice colt and I hope he progresses off his excellent 3-year-old campaign."

Like Miesque's Approval, Can't Beat It is owned by the Live Oak Plantation, who also bred him.

Wolfson also said he wanted to clarify his statement earlier this week that Miesque's Approval and all the American horses were at a disadvantage in Dubai because they could not run on any medication.

"What I meant was that it's hard for the U.S. horses who've been running on Lasix for several years to all of a sudden race without Lasix," said Wolfson. "The only medication Miesque's Approval ever ran with was Lasix. I couldn't even race him on Bute because he has such a sensitive stomach."