|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
A pair of Irish-breds, both weighted at 116 pounds by Arlington racing secretary David Bailey, may vie for favoritism in Saturday's $250,000 Arlington Handicap, final local prep for this summer's Arlington Million three weeks later.
Moyglare Stud's Make No Mistake, most recently runner-up in Pimlico's Grade II Dixie Handicap on Preakness Day May 19, is likely to match strides with Columbine Stable, C. B. Greely and Tom Nicholls' Takarian, winner of Hollywood's Grade II American Handicap on the Fourth of July. Three others appeared likely as of Wednesday for Saturday's 66th running of the Grade III Arlington 'Cap.
Although absent more than two months, Make No Mistake was second, beaten only a length and a quarter by Hap, owned by Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, in that last Maryland outing in the Dixie. Since then, however, Hap has gone on to a dominant seven-length score in the Grade III New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park.
Takarian, who came to Arlington shortly after his latest one-length triumph in California, has taken to the local surroundings and is reportedly an improved horse since throat surgery during the winter.
Also likely for Saturday's Arlington Handicap at this time is Oak Cliff Stable's El Gran Papa, winner of his last two including the $300,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap June 16. Trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, El Gran Papa is assigned 115 pounds Saturday.
Two others are likely field for the Arlington Handicap at this time. They are Mr. & Mrs. Michael Brickman's Smilin' Slew, 111, third in the $75,000 Cardinal Handicap here June 23, and Richard Englander's Orleans Road, 108, a winner of his last two in a row and claimed for $35,000 in his last.
Likely for the Grade III Modesty Handicap, also part of Saturday's Million Preview Day program, is James C. Ruthsong's Megans Bluff, who has been assigned the top impost of 118 for the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. here August 18.
Megans Bluff, who as a sophomore last season became the only filly in history to win the Arlington Oaks and the Arlington Matron in the same year, was most recently a good third in the Grade III Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs June 23.
Gary A. Tanaka's Polaire and Bentley Smith Revocable Trust's Solvig, both assigned 116 pounds in the Modesty Handicap, are expected starters, as are 115 pound assignees Jig, owned by John Stewart; Ioya Two, owned by Team Block; and Badouizm, who races in the silks of Epona Farm.
Irish-bred Polaire, trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, was fourth in the Grade I Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park in her last start June 24.
Solvig was second, beaten a half-length, in the Locust Grove when getting four pounds from Megan's Bluff last time.
Badouizm was second in the Grade II Dance Smartly at Canada's Woodbine Race Course on July 7.
Jig, another Irish-bred mare, was fifth in the Beverly Hills Handicap June 24, a length and a half behind Polaire.
Ioya Two won the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap here by three-quarters of a length June 23 in a stakes restricted to Illinois-breds.
Another likely for the Modesty Handicap is Hurstland Farm & Oak Lane Stable's Doc's Destiny, 113, who finished second, beaten five lengths in the $100,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park June 30.
Arbaway Farm's Lady Angharad, assigned 113 pounds, was fourth in her last outing in allowance company here July 8. James H. Heyward's Abita, 112, was second in allowance company at Churchill June 13. E. W. Jiles' Sassy Sabrina, 112, was fifth in the Locust Grove. All are likely for the Modesty.
Also likely as of Wednesday for the Modesty: Marty Grunder & Arbaway Farm LLC's Julies Love Letter, victress by a nose in allowance company here June 24; Rick Olson's Lady Tamworth, 111, second in the $75,000 Hawkeye at Prairie Meadows July 7; and Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc.'s Lady of Peace, 111, beaten three lengths when fifth in an allowance race here July 8.
Five sophomores are on the list of probable starters for Saturday's Grade III Round Table Stakes to be run at a mile and an eighth on the main track.
B. Wayne Hughes Discreet Hero, four and a-half-length victor in the $50,000 Alydar Stakes here July 8, heads that list. The Honour and Glory colt had also won his previous start at Churchill Downs in allowance company June 16.
Richard F. Rudolph's San Pedro, a winner of his last three in a row including his maiden trip to the winner's circle, is another 3-year-old considered a probable starter for the Round Table.
Theresa McArthur's Western Pride, a winner of his last two straight while gradually advancing in the allowance ranks, is likely for the Round Table.
George Maier's X Country, a one-length victor in allowance company in his last a Churchill Downs on July 1, is considered a probable starter in the Round Table, as is Morton Fink's Horrible Evening, third, beaten almost six lengths in a $100,000 handicap June 16 at the Twin Spires oval.
Arlington Park is on the CBS television network live for the second time this season when that network will televise the 66th running of the Arlington Handicap as part of the NTRA Champions Series on CBS.
The one-hour show will air from 2 to 3 p.m. Central time. The Arlington Handicap, final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million August 18, is scheduled to go to the post at 2:17 p.m., with Caton Bredar as the on-air talent locally. The Grade I Whitney from Saratoga, also part of the telecast, is slated for 2:42 p.m.
The band performing live Friday during Miller Lite's Party In The Park at Arlington is called Maggie Speaks, who covers such groups as Barenaked Ladies and U2.
On July 26, 1965, trainer Richard Hazelton, Arlington's all-time leading conditioner, saddled his first Arlington winner when he sent Beach Bunny to the post. Incidentally, apprentice Earlie Fires, now Arlington's all-time leading rider, was aboard for the tally.
Ioya Two worked a half-mile in :49 2/5 Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's Modesty.
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