07/16/2008 12:00AM

You Dancing Devil gets a break


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - If You Dancing Devil can deliver anything close to the performance that her younger sister Deville did in an Arlington Park feature race last week, she will be tough to beat in the featured fourth race here on Friday.

Deville hadn't raced in well over a year when she came back in a Polytrack second-level sprint allowance on Friday, and won by five lengths in a fast time, looking like a future Illinois-bred stakes runner. Deville tracked the pace and was lucky to find an inside hole at the top of the stretch. You Dancing Devil has had no such good fortune.

"Her races up here this year, she's had bad trips," said Neil Pessin, who trains both horses for the Crowns Way Farm.

You Dancing Devil, a five-time winner with a $237,253 bankroll, had post 9 and raced well behind a false pace before closing to finish a close sixth in the Reluctant Guest Stakes in May. In the Lincoln Heritage Handicap for Illinois-bred grass horses on June 21, she had post 12, raced in 13th place in the early going, and again rallied into slow fractions to finish a close sixth.

"It's a shorter field, and there's not much pace, so she should be up closer, and a mile is her best distance," said Pessin. "She should be tough."

Just six were entered in Friday's fourth, carded at one about one mile for third-level allowance horses or $62,500 claimers. You Dancing Devil qualifies under the conditions only because her Illinois-bred allowance victories aren't counted here.

You Dancing Devil has three wins over the Arlington turf, one fewer than the other five horses combined. But Queendom showed a fondness for the local grass last season, breaking a long losing streak about 13 months ago with an open-lengths entry-level allowance win here. Away from the races from July 13 of last year until June 28, Queendom had a close fourth-place finish in a Churchill Downs comeback start that could have her set for another Arlington score.

Basically lapped on Queendom at Churchill was Patricia, who also is in Chicago for Friday's fourth, though Patricia would appear to have less upside for this spot than Queendom. Aidan's Bella will be making her first start since January, but has worked well for her comeback. Lisa M raced at a five-furlong distance too short for her in her only start this meet. And Now would need to reprise her top 2007 form to have a chance at the top slot on Friday.