08/12/2007 11:00PM

Yanez factor in Rey Del Sol's favor


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Win Me Over was named top Illinois-bred 2-year-old of 2004. Mambo Train finished second in the 2005 Washington Park Handicap. And early last year, Malameeze ever so briefly sniffed at the edge of the Triple Crown trail.

But Rey Del Sol and Cavu share a characteristic much more pertinent to the featured second race on Wednesday at Arlington: Moises Yanez trains them.

Yanez has been one of the success stories of Arlington's new Polytrack era. Yanez starts slowly each year, as his horses filter north from Florida, but he rarely has won more than 10 or 12 percent of his starts over the summer at Arlington. This year, his 23 wins are good for a 15 percent strike rate.

Moreover, Yanez-trained runners have held their form admirably through the meet. If a horse jumps up and wins with a peak effort, the horse often comes right back with a similarly strong performance next time out, rather than falling back to earth. Which is why Rey Del Sol is the pick to capture Wednesday's feature, a second-level allowance carded for 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack.

It's a tough race to figure, too. Mambo Train has not done a lot since his Washington Park two summers ago, and recently was transferred from Southern California to the Midwest. He may get the early lead plus betting action based on recent graded stakes experience, but Mambo Train does not overtly appear suited to synthetic-surface racing, and he seems well removed from his best form.

Win Me Over edged up to a peak race, winning a $35,000 claimer, but may need more to repeat on Wednesday. Malameeze took more than a year to leave the entry-level allowance ranks, finally doing so July 25 with a two-turn turf win. It would be expecting a lot to forecast consecutive victories from a horse with just two in 21 tries so far.

Cavu is in his own win drought, but the other Yanez horse, Rey Del Sol, has won both of his races over Polytrack this meet, capturing an Illinois-bred second-level allowance in May and an entry-level allowance July 20. Rey Del Sol is eminently rateable, and seems capable of delivering the quick off-the-far-turn burst that has won so many 1 1/16-mile Polytrack races this meet. Better still, Rey Del Sol was 8-1 last out, and may not be accorded a strong chance by most of the bettors Wednesday - even though Yanez has been one of the strong plays of the Arlington season.