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Several horses with designs on the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park on August 18 are due in Wednesday at Chicago's premier thoroughbred oval.
Two nominees to the Grade I Arlington Million, one for the Grade I Beverly D., and one for the Grade I Secretariat, all trained by Beau Greely, are travelling from Southern California to their upcoming Mid-Western engagements.
Andy Durnin, the Irish-born exercise rider who gained international recognition for galloping the headstrong Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus last year, is accompanying the Greely contingent until the trainer arrives a few days from now.
Durnin is a close friend of Greely as well as his temporary assistant until the Kentucky-born trainer arrives in Chicago. Last year, Durnin traveled with Arlington Million contestant Manndar, owned by Columbine Stable, J. Merrick Jones & Tom Nicholls, prior to Greely's arrival at Arlington. Manndar eventually finished second in the centerpiece race of the local season.
Tom Nicholls, John Greely & Columbine Stable's Takarian, winner of the Grade II American Handicap at Hollywood Park July 4, heads the list of Greely arrivals. Takarian will be pointed for the Grade II Arlington Handicap as part of Million Preview Day July 28.
John Stewart's Jig, winner of Hollywood's La Zanzara Stakes in May and a Beverly D. nominee, is another Greely-trained arrival scheduled to be part of Million Preview Day. The Irish-bred mare is slated to contest the Grade III Modesty, final local prep for the Beverly D.
Columbine Stable's Sligo Bay, a potential candidate for the Grade I Secretariat as part of the International Festival of Racing, is another Greely-conditioned charge due in Wednesday.
Sligo Bay, winner of the Grade III Cinema Handicap at Hollywood May 20, is pencilled in to first contest the Grade II American Derby July 22 at Arlington. The American Derby and the Secretariat are the latter two legs of Arlington's Mid-America Triple for 3-year-old grass specialists.
Raypour, an Arlington Million nominee that is owned by the same partnership that owned Manndar, is also part of the Greely shipment. Plans are still uncertain for Raypour, who finished sixth in the American Handicap behind his winning stablemate.
For the second time in three days, trainer Ronny Werner won an out-of-town stakes race, drove back to Chicago through the early morning hours, but was conducting business as usual at Arlington Park shortly after training hours began at daybreak.
On Sunday, Werner saddled Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty to win the 100th running of the Grade II Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs, drove back to Chicago from Louisville arriving at 2:30 Monday morning, but was at the Arlington barn by 7 a.m.
Last Friday night, Werner won the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows and arrived back in Chicago from Altoona, Iowa, at 3:30 a.m. before showing up at the barn three and a half hours later.
Accompanied by wife Cindy and winning jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. on the return trip from Louisville, Werner said that all three shared driving responsibilities.
The Texas-born horseman, a regular at Lone Star Park for several years, is making Chicago and Arlington Park his base of operations for the first time this summer.
"This time I got to sleep some on the way home," said Cindy Werner Monday morning. She had done the bulk of driving on the return trip from Iowa.
"However, now we're leaving to go back to Texas," Werner said. "I still have some horses to run at Lone Star before they close, and we have to ship those and pack up back home before we come back to Arlington."
Another veteran horseman new to Arlington this summer, but one who has campaigned primarily at Lone Star in recent seasons, is Chris Candies.
Candies had his first winner at the local oval in Sunday's third race with Silky Zarb, owned by Carl Moore Management LLC.
However, Candies is still at Lone Star, and his Arlington string is under the care of assistant trainer Sherman Savioe, who saddled Silky Zarb.
"Hopefully, this winner was the first of many," said Marvin Wooley, another Candies assistant. "Chris should be here in a couple of weeks after Lone Star closes."
Wexler Stables, Inc.'s Adam's Time, trained by local horseman Charlie Vinci, is expected to share the starting highweight impost of 115 pounds in Saturday's feature, the $55,000 Mariah's Storm Handicap.
The Mariah's Storm is restricted to fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward and will be contested at one mile.
Adam's Time, a 5-year-old mare by Gilded Time, was second, beaten three lengths, in the $50,000 Indian Maid in her last trip to the post at Hawthorne May 27.
Also probable for the Mariah's Storm and assigned 115 pounds are William A. Carl's Dashing Lesley and Jerry Hollendorfer & Marta Racing Ventures' Linda Love.
Dashing Lesley won the $100,000 Buick Distaff at Lone Star Park April 28, and Linda Love was fifth in the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap at Arlington in her last trip to the post June 16.
Nancy & Bob Bartels' Nancybdancing and The Thoroughbred Corp.'s People's Princess, both assigned 113 pounds in the Mariah's Storm, are also both expected starters. Nancybdancing has won her last two in a row, and People's Princess won her last trip to the post at Churchill Downs May 20.
Also expected in the Mariah's Storm is J. Bishop, B. Brannigan, & R. S. & W. Perkins' Q. P. Cat, who would get in light with 111 pounds.
Considered possible for the Mariah's Storm are G. Watts Humphey Jr.'s Reflect The Music, 115; Leonardi Racing Stable's Flyinghannah, 114; and Melbish Stable's Easy Action, 112.
To coincide with the start of the Summer Festival of Racing at Arlington Wednesday, the entire Arlington Park card will now be part of the California simulcast network through the end of the Del Mar meeting September 5.
Also starting Wednesday Woodbine Race Course in Ontario, Canada will be taking the Arlington simulcast on a daily basis.
Arlington will be taking the simulcast signal from Ellis Park, in Henderson, Ky., which opens Wednesday, through the close of their season September 3.
Eddie Olczyk, former Chicago Blackhawk and a member of the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers in 1994, is now a thoroughbred horse owner whose silks will be represented in Thursday's fifth race aboard Go Went Gone, trained by Hugh Robertson. Olyczyk is a native of Chicagoland.
On July 12, 1933, jockey Eddie Arcaro earned his first Arlington Park victory aboard J. T. "Tommy" Taylor's Resisting.
On July 12, 1956, for the third time in eight days, jockey Bill Hartack rode five winners on the card. He previously accomplished the feat on July 4 and July 7.
On July 12, 1982, jockey Randy Romero rode five winners on the Arlington Park program.
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