08/08/2008 12:00AM

For You Reppo one of many contenders


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - While Helen Pitts's main focus this week was preparing Einstein for the Arlington Million and Meribel for the Beverly D., she also brought a much lower profile horse here from Kentucky, For You Reppo, who races in the featured fourth race Sunday.

And while the Million and Beverly D. are much tougher in terms of class, it's hard to imagine a race much tougher than Sunday's fourth in terms of trying to find a winner. For You Reppo looks like a contender, but only one of many.

The race is for second-level allowance horses at 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack, and lacks both established early pace and clear favorites. For You Reppo could wind up being the mild chalk, since he comes off a second-place finish in a race at about this class level at Ellis Park, and ran some good races last year at age 3.

For You Reppo won an entry-level allowance race at Laurel in September, wasn't seen again until June, but after a last-place finish on the Churchill turf in his comeback, For You Reppo rebounded in the July 18 Ellis Park allowance.

All that said, a decent case could be made for most of the field, which has a pair of coupled entries from the barns of Greg Geier and Bill Mott. Mott has entered Radius and Brainy Benny, with Radius preferred over the latter. Radius has two wins this year, but barely. He won a Fair Grounds maiden race by a head, and an Arlington entry-level allowance race by a nose, and fits off that Polytrack allowance race score two back and a close fourth-place finish on turf last out. Radius has a measure of tactical speed, and should be prominently placed on a slow pace.

No More Sweets has made just one Polytrack start, but it was a good one, a close second-place finish here June 8 in a second-level allowance race rained off turf. Two subsequent grass tries have produced lesser performances, but No More Sweets could rebound back on the main track.

Gangbuster came here to try the Mid-America Triple, but returned to allowance company after finishing seventh in the Arlington Classic. So far, the class drop hasn't worked all that well, with Gangbuster fourth and seventh in two second-level allowance races.

Of the two Geier-trained horses, Unbridled Vicar, who was second at this class level last out, looks better than Rags, who had no impact in his two Polytrack tries.