Chicago Barn to Wire


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Friday, September 1, 2000
81st Day


DeeBill Farms' Spectacular Cat, outstanding in each of his last two outings, looms a strong choice when he heads a field of eight two-year-olds named to Sunday's inaugural running of the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes. The six-furlong dash will serve as a prep for the upcoming Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity to be contested at one mile September 23.

Spectacular Cat has made three starts in his brief career. The son of Forest Wildcat broke awkwardly in his career debut and almost lost the rider, recovered to make the pace, but failed to last in the final jump. He finished second by a nose in that June 8 outing, returned July 7 and set all the fractions and drew off in the late stages to tally by more than eight lengths.

The Kentucky-bred then returned in non-winners of two company August 12 and was equally impressive, rating kindly during the early going before taking command at the furlong marker and drawing off for a five and three-quarter length score.

Spectacular Cat, trained by Jerry Calvin, has Chris Emigh named to handle the reins for the first time on Sunday.

Mark & Kate Herzog's Wheat Penny may provide an interesting source of competition for the favorite. The chestnut colt by Wheaton broke in sharply and bumped with a rival in his initial trip to the post May 25 and was never a factor after the start.

However, in his next trip to the post June 8, the Florida-bred pressed the early pace, took command entering the lane and drew off late to score by five and a quarter. Wheat Penny established a track record at Arlington for four and a half furlongs that afternoon with a mark of :51.64 that still stands.

Wheat Penny was then sent to Churchill Downs for the Grade 2 Bashford Manor July 9 and finished a disappointing ninth. Ramsey Zimmerman, astride the day Wheat Penny established a track record here, returns in the irons for the Spectacular Bid.

Okoboji Racing Stables' Molokai Connection is another who merits some consideration in the Spectacular Bid. The Aloha Prospector bay invades from Prairie Meadows where he won his last start by more than 11 lengths. In his career bow, the Don Von Hemel trainee overcame a sluggish beginning to gradually wear down rivals and finish second by a half-length. Tim Doocy has the mount.

Richard F. Rudolph's Freeway Ticket cannot be discounted. The entire son of Deposit Ticket broke his maiden at first asking July 22 here, could not handle Spectacular Cat in his other start in non-winners of two company but was best of the others. Earlie Fires returns in the irons.

Completing the field are: Lee Phillip Forman's Eighth Avenue, Shane Laviolette aboard; Kenneth Spraggins, Scott Wilkes & Ted & Jean Barlas' Count On Cart, Randy Meier astride; and Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's War Council, Eduardo Perez slated for the tack.


Members of the Arlington International jockey colony will be signing items available for purchase outside the jockey's quarters on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of this holiday weekend.

Proceeds from jockey goggles, jockey cards, T-shirts, caps, and other items available for signing will go to the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund which has provided assistance to more than 1,200 riders since it was founded in 1987.


The $42,490 Jackpot Carryover available for today's Pick 6 will be offered on races four through nine of the 10-race program.

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