Gold Edge could face rematch with La Song at Keeneland

Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge, heroine of Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie at Chicago's northwest suburban oval, came out of her race in good order and was doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer Lon Wiggins.

"Her legs are ice cold this morning," Wiggins said of the undefeated homebred Eddington daughter of the Morrisons' mare Gold Spike. "She's a little tired today but that's to be expected. We're very proud of this filly. We've made a lot of progress with her over the last month.

"We wanted to hustle her a little bit out of the gate yesterday and then slow her down during the first part of the race. That's just what (jockey) Chris (Emigh) did. He timed her late move perfectly.

"We're not quite sure what's next for her but we'll probably take her to Keeneland," Wiggins concluded. "We'll wait a few days and then come up with a game plan."

La Song, the Wayne Catalano trainee who finished second by a neck to Gold Edge in the Lassie, as well as the Catalano-trained Lassie favorite Flying Rapunzel, both also came out of the Lassie in fine fettle according to Arlington's leading trainer.

"Both fillies are doing well," Catalano said Sunday morning. "(La Song) showed her speed again on the lead like she was but she hung in there pretty good at the end. We were a little disappointed with (Flying Rapunzel). She didn't quite fire like we had hoped she would.

"I'll probably point to (Keeneland's Grade 1) Alcibiades (on October 5) with La Song," Catalano said. "We'd like to stay on the Poly with her, but I don't know about the other one (Flying Rapunzel) just yet."

Pataky Kid, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity on the same program, was doing well while still on the grounds at Arlington Park Sunday morning but the Rockport Harbor colt's trainer, Tom Proctor, had left Chicago earlier.

Shortly after Saturday's Futurity, Proctor indicated that Keeneland's Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity on October 6 was a likely next goal for his bay juvenile.

Muppet Man, the front-running Futurity favorite who held down the place position at the wire, also emerged unscathed, according to trainer Jimmy DiVito.

"I think he just can't get the distance," DiVito said Sunday of the Corinthian son, "but he gave it a good go for a half-mile. If I have anything to say about it, I'd like to keep him sprinting. I would like to take him to California for that two-year-old sprint ($500,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint)."

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