|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
One more globetrotter, in this case the British-bred Caitano, has been added to the list of European campaigners likely to invade the Midwest for the 19th running of the Arlington Million on August 18.
Caitano, whose past ports of call include such far-flung stops as Japan, Dubai, Hong Kong, Canada and Turkey, now appears headed to Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval for the showcase event of the local season.
Earlier in the year, the Arlington Million was in the plans for Caitano, who had closed out last season with a good runner-up finish in the Hong Kong Vase. A disappointing outing in Singapore led to some time on the sidelines and a more indefinite Million status, but now, after some freshening, the son of Niniski out of the Foolish Pleasure mare Ever Since appears ready to roll once again.
Trained by Andreas Schulz, Caitano traveled to Istanbul to win Turkey's Group II Bosphoros Cup as one of his career highlights, and is also a veteran of a pair of Group I Japan Cups, combined with stops at Hong Kong and Dubai. Caitano has also raced in Canada.
Padua Stables' Bach remains an Arlington Million possibility despite a seventh-place finish in the Group I Champagne Lanson Sussex at Goodwood Wednesday.
"He really wasn't beaten that badly," said Alastair Donald of the International Racing Bureau over the phone from Newmarket Thursday. "That was a very high quality race, and probably not at Bach's best distance, but he was still only beaten a little more than five lengths. He led three furlongs out and then weakened late.
"Bach is really a difficult horse to figure out," Donald said. "He has basically done his winning at seven furlongs, but then he was a good third in the (Group I) Coral-Eclipse at 10 furlongs earlier this summer. I really would think he remains a good possibility for the Million."
Erik Penser's Compton Bolter, who crossed the Atlantic to finish fifth in the Grade I Secretariat last year, runs Friday at Goodwood as the highweight in a listed stakes race over 12 furlongs, but remains likely for the Arlington Million barring a sub-par performance in that outing.
Joining Caitano and Compton Bolter on the list of European campaigners now considered likely for the Arlington Million are Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano and Hamden al Maktoum's Muakaad, who won the Group III Meld Stakes at The Curragh last Saturday.
Joining Bach on the list of Europeans possible for the Million are Il Paralupo's Endless Hall and Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor's Mull Of Kintyre.
The defection from the Arlington Million of Centennial Farms' King Cugat in favor of the Grade I Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap at Saratoga August 11 leaves Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott with Michael Paulson & Edward White's Hap as a likely starter in Arlington Million XIX.
Mott has been trying to keep his two top grass campaigners separate as long as possible. Hap won the Grade II Bernard Baruch July 27 at Saratoga, underlining his impressive score in the Grade III New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park earlier in the summer.
Joining Hap on the list of North American-based campaigners likely for the Arlington Million at this time are Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan & Robert Sangster's Bienamado; Sam-Son Farm's Quiet Resolve; Luis A. Taunay's Redattore; and Columbine Stable, John J. Greely III & Tom Nichols Takarian.
Remaining as possible starters for the Million among North American runners are: Bruce Barton & Alvin D. Haynes' Make No Mistake; Sekiguchi & Yoshita's Fusaichi Zenon; Gary A. Tanaka's Hesiode; Richard L. Duchossois' National Anthem; and Juddmonte Farm's Senure.
Regatta Stable's Twilite Tryst, who boasts a threesome of scores in her last three outings, looms on top once again when she heads Saturday's $60,000-added Misty Isle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass.
In her last trip to the post July 15 at Arlington, Twilite Tryst was allowed to settle in "non-winners of two other than" allowance company at one mile, challenged for command at the furlong marker and held sway late to triumph by a neck.
Previously, the daughter of Afternoon Deelites had dominated June 27, opening up the margin by more than six lengths at the wire under her previous condition while competing at Saturday's mile and a sixteenth distance.
The Kentucky-bred filly out of Opening Reality had broken her maiden on the Hawthorne grass course at first asking over the lawn June 4, coming from well back in the field.
Carl F. Pollard's Kiss the Devil could prove strong competition for Twilite Tryst on Saturday. She had the advantage at the furlong marker against Twilite Tryst in their recent encounter July 15 but weakened in the late stages to finish second.
Russell L. Reineman will be presented with Owner of the Month honors for July at Arlington after Friday's sixth race.
Trainer Albert Stall Jr. will be presented his award as Trainer of the Month following the seventh race.
Jockey Rene Douglas, currently leading rider at Arlington Park, will be recognized as Jockey of the Month for July following Friday's ninth race.
Trainer Eoin Harty's barn, as the local wing for Godolphin, will be awarded Barn Of The Month for July in ceremonies following Friday's first race.
Jockey Corey Lanerie, who began riding at Arlington Park Wednesday after winning the riding title at the recently concluded Lone Star Park session at Grand Prairie, Texas, visited the local winner's circle with his first and only mount on the midweek program. Lanerie scored with Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's Only You in the seventh race of the day.
Jockey Zoe Cadman had a riding double Wednesday, winning the opener astride Lothenbach Stables, Inc,'s All in the Book and visiting the winner's circle once again aboard Carolyn Friedberg's Freeway Ticket after the fifth.
Jockey Robby Albarado also posted a riding double, winning the third on Lothenbach Stables, Inc.'s Dr. Robbie and the sixth with John D. Murphy's Flirt to Music.
On Friday at Arlington's Miller Lite Party In The Park, the Stu Remley Band will perform at 3 p.m. in the Park area. The band plays a myriad of originals and cover music and has the combined rhythm of jazz, classic blues, and rock.
On August 3, 1989, Jorge Velasquez won the 6,000th win of his career at Arlington.
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