09/06/2007 11:00PM

Yanez gets Voy Por Uno Mas to settle


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – They gelded him, added blinkers, ran him for a claiming price, tried dirt, turf, and Polytrack – and finally, Voy Por Uno Mas turned into an actual racehorse.

“You know what?” trainer Moises Yanez said. “We always knew he could run, but he always kind of had a screw loose.”

Last year, Voy Por Uno Mas (roughly, ‘I go for one more’) lost three starts by a combined 80 lengths, and this season began little better. Voy Por Uno Mas was seventh by 22, then sixth by 12, but suddenly, he got better. A third-place finish in a $25,000 maiden claimer was followed by a four-length front-running win on turf for a $40,000 tag, and things took off from there. Voy Por Uno Mas easily won an entry-level allowance race, came back to miss by a nose in the Regaey Island Stakes at Ellis Park, and looks like one of the favorites Sunday at Arlington in the $45,000 Honor Grades over 1 1/16 miles of turf.

Yanez said Voy Por Uno Mas acted up in the paddock, was difficult to saddle, and often ran off with his rider before coming around. Last time, he raced behind another speed horse and almost got up to win.

“He was pretty settled,” Yanez said. “He could lead or be in second, either way, as long as they don’t fight him too much.”

Jesus Castanon, who rode Voy Por Uno Mas last time, rides again Sunday, but in so doing gets off Demarcation, who might be favored under leading rider Rene Douglas. Demarcation ran well in his first four starts, winning two and finishing second twice, including a runner-up placing to the fast colt Spin Master in the Matt Winn at Churchill. But as good as those one-turn races on dirt and Polytrack were, Demarcation’s turf debut here Aug. 1 might have been better. Last early behind a slow pace going one-mile in a second-level allowance, Demarcation basically flew home to win by a half-length. So while Voy Por Uno Mas figures to get first run, Demarcation might be good enough to run him down.

A longer-priced possibility is Gentleman Chester, who looked good winning the Illinois-bred Springfield Stakes over Polytrack earlier this meet, but was ninth last out in the Prelude Stakes on Louisiana Downs dirt.

“We’re really interested in seeing if he’s going to turf, or if he’s one we have to find Polytrack for,” trainer Ralph Nicks said.

Poschner, runner-up to Demarcation last out, will be scratched because of an elevated temperature, trainer David Carroll said.