This study is an attempt to examine whether wagger-class verbs can exceptionally assign Case to the embedded subject of the infinitival complement. To our surprise, although, like believe, wager-class verbs allow passive raising (e.g., John was wagered to be crazy)and exceptionally Case-mark wh-trace (e.g., Who did Peter wager to be crazy), they cannot exceptionally Case-mark lexical NPs (e.g.，*Peter wagered the student to be crazy). With respect to wager-class verbs, I assume here that Topicalization of the embedded subject of the infinitival complement has the following structure， as in (2) but not as in (1).
(1) [Top Maryi][CP null-Opi [IP Bill wagered [IP ti to have won the race]]]
(2) [Top Maryi] Bill wagered [IP ti to have won the race]
Under the phase theory， my assumptign is that lexical inertness NPs， which are to be given the Case-value from the matrix verb wagger，must be raised "The matization/Extraction rule" (Chomsky 2001: 23).