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In today's notes:
Dr. K. K. & Vilasini Jayaraman's Royal Spy, who drew off for an impressive seven-length score in the $125,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star July 3, is headed to Arlington Park for a planned next engagement in the Grade II American Derby July 22. However, shipping arrangements were incomplete Thursday morning.
"We're looking to ship Sunday, Monday or Tuesday - something like that," said trainer Cole Norman over the phone from the Texas oval. "We haven't firmed up the plans. 'Dr. J.' is headed here right now and we're going to discuss our options."
The American Derby, at a mile and three-sixteenths on the grass, is the middle leg of the Mid-America Triple. For this year's 87th renewal of Arlington's oldest stakes race, the purse for the turf test has been increased to $250,000.
The Mid-America Triple, which commenced with the Grade II Arlington Classic June 30, concludes with the Grade I Secretariat August 18 as part of the International Festival of Racing on Arlington Million Day.
Gary & Mary West's Baptize won the Arlington Classic, but in the $200,000 Diamond "A" USA Stakes at Lone Star May 28, Royal Spy beat Baptize by nine and a-half lengths.
Norman, the son of the late Gene Norman, has seen his stable grow by leaps and bounds in recent years. He has enjoyed increasing success at Oaklawn, Lone Star and Louisiana Downs since taking over the stable, but the 33-year-old Louisiana native has never been to Arlington.
"We're going to try it," said Norman. "I'll fly in the day of the race but my assistant, Tom Howard, will be coming with the horse."
Royal Spy, a late nomination to the American Derby, is undefeated in three turf starts.
Wexler Stables, Inc.'s Adam's Time, who shares the top impost of 115 pounds in Saturday's renamed William J. McGinley Handicap, heads a field of 10 named to the $55,000 featured race for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and upward.
The William J. McGinley Handicap, which had been listed in the condition book as the Mariah's Storm before the late name change, will be contested at one mile.
Mr. McGinley, a Barrington resident who passed away earlier this year, was a major sportsman in the Mid-West.
Adam's Time, who is by Gilded Time, winner of the 1992 Arlington-Washington Futurity, most recently finished second beaten three lengths in the $50,000 Indian Maid Stakes at Hawthorne May 27. The 5-year-old mare last visited the winner's circle March 25 at Sportsman's Park.
Also in the William J. McGinley with the 115-pound impost are William A. Carl's Dashing Lesley and Jerry Hollendorfer & Marta Racing Ventures' Linda Love.
Dashing Lesley was a distant 10th in her last start over a soft turf course in Lone Star's $200,000 WinStar Distaff Handicap May 28, but had won her previous start at the Texas oval in the $100,000 Buick Distaff April 28.
Linda Love, a gray 5-year-old mare by Groomstick, was most recently fifth in the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap at Arlington Park June 16.
Completing the field are: Leonardi Racing Stable's Flyinghannah, 114; T. Biondo & R. D. Irwin Racing Stable's Ashleigh's Jet, 113; Nancy B. & Bob Bartels' Nancybdancing, 113; The Thoroughbred Corp.'s People's Princess, 113; George D. Michalson's Magic Motel, 112; Equal Justice Acnes LLC's Somthintotalkabout, 111; and Robert Lockman's Lu Keel, 110.
Jockey Rene Douglas won the first three races in a row at Arlington Park Wednesday, but by the end of the afternoon, he was only one of two riding stars for the day.
Jockey Randy Meier equaled Douglas' three-race successive win skein in the fifth through the seventh races of the afternoon.
Douglas' three straight wins came aboard Mr. & Mr. Thompson Courtney & Mr. & Mrs. Larry Telle's Twilight Street in the first; Morton Fink's Angel's Sing in the second; and James & Sue Burns' Miss Camp County in the third.
Meier's "hat trick" came with Haras Santa Maria De Aras' Lindt in the fifth; John Binyon & Merrill R. Scherer's Grandpa Two in the sixth; and Jan, Mace & Samantha Siegal's There's Zealous in the seventh.
Some lucky Arlington Park guest could win $1,000,000 this Sunday in the NTRA 'Down The Stretch' Sweepstakes!
Last year in the July contest, 80-year-old Geraldine Jarol, a resident of Niles, Illinois, won $10,000 after coming to Arlington as part of a group outing.
After filling out an entry blank for a random drawing, Ms. Jarol's name was selected to represent a certain horse in the first leg of the contest. However, after that, she picked the winner of the second race in the contest for a $500 payoff. The single grandmother kept remaining eligible for $1 million Grand Prize by picking winners through the $10,000 level, until finally missing when trying to pick the winning horse for the $25,000 payoff.
Rules for this year's NTRA Down The Stretch Sweepstakes remain the same. The person who fills out an entry blank Sunday, and whose name is then selected by random drawing to represent the winning horse in the first leg of the contest, could pick the winners of the next five races in the contest and win the $1 million Grand Prize.
On Saturday, July 28, Million Preview Day at Arlington Park, a special Noon Post Time will be in effect. In addition to the three Grade III Stakes races offered locally, there will be a special simulcast of the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, sponsored by De Beers, from Great Britain with a post time of 9:50 a.m. Central time.
The 12-furlong event from Ascot Racecourse also serves as second leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship. The Grade I Arlington Million, to be contested August 18, is the third leg of Emirates World Series 2001.
George Hofmeister's Pine Dance, winner of the Grade II American Derby in 2000 at Arlington, has been sold to an unnamed buyer to race in Saudi Arabia. Pine Dance, a Pine Bluff colt bred in Kentucky, won twice in six starts in Ireland before returning to the United States to capture the American Derby. The Dermot Weld trainee later won the Grade III Pennsylvania Derby.
Arlington Park's extended family offers condolences to Trackside's Glenn Santucci and his entire family, following the loss of his father last Sunday after a long illness.
On July 13, 1996, five years ago, more than 34,000 people jammed Arlington to witness two-time Horse of the Year Cigar tie the modern day record by winning his 16th consecutive race in the Arlington Citation Challenge.
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