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Jockey Robby Albarado, the hot jockey at Arlington since switching his tack here belatedly July 21, registered his second four-win day of the season here Thursday, vaulting into a tie for fourth in the jockey standings while moving within three wins of the third spot.
"I've got to give the credit to Lenny (jockey agent Pike)," Albarado said following the banner afternoon. "He's the man who got me the mounts on all these good horses. Heck, he could have ridden the last one."
Albarado's Thursday four-bagger was recorded in consecutive races, a unique achievement for this summer's session at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval, and despite his late arrival locally, Albarado is the only jockey to have accomplished a four-win afternoon twice at the current meeting.
A former leading rider at Arlington during the summer of 1996, Albarado used that riding championship five years ago as the opening chapter in his continuing story of accomplishments as one of the nation's leading reinsman.
Through Thursday's program, he had recorded 20 wins from 63 mounts at Arlington in 2001, or almost an average of one win for every three mounts. With seven runner-up finishes and 13 thirds registered during that time, Albarado now has a 31.75 win percentage, and an in-the-money percentage of 63.49.
With Albarado's four wins Thursday coming in consecutive races, the Lafayette, Louisiana native was also solely responsible for two different Pick 3s on the day, a wager where fans are asked to pick the winners of three consecutive races based on a $2 wager.
Those who wagered $2 on Albarado's mounts to win races four through six were rewarded with a $211 payoff, while those who wagered on Albarado in the fifth through seventh races realized a $229 return for their $2 investment.
Albarado's consecutive Thursday streak began when he posed in the winner's circle with Robert L. Beck's Brewmaster following the fourth; continued with Stewart M. Madison's Jeremiah Jack after the fifth; became a riding triple aboard Susan Sommer & Barry Golden's Peggy's Post in the sixth; and concluded with Jack McNulty's Bold Bluff in the seventh race on the program.
Bruce Barton & Alvin D. Haynes' Make No Mistake, winner of the Grade III Arlington Handicap July 28, now appears likely to return for the Grade I Arlington Million August 18, trainer Burk Kessinger indicated Friday.
"I'm coming up there to run a horse tomorrow (Saturday)," Kessinger said over the phone from Lexington. "I'll probably know a little bit more what I'm going to do then, but right now I'm leaning toward running in the Million."
Despite winning the final local prep for the Arlington Million with a hard-fought half-length tally last Saturday, Kessinger had previously been leaning toward the Grade I Man o' War at Belmont Park September 8 for Make No Mistake's next start.
"I was concerned that the Million was just a little too close (to the Arlington Handicap three weeks earlier) to bring him back that quickly," Kessinger said. "But the horse came out of the race so good, I think we may go ahead and try the Million.
"It (the Million) would only be his second race back," Kessinger said, "and I wanted to see how he bounced back from that other race, but the horse is doing very well now. He came out of that other race beautifully. Robby (Make No Mistake's rider Albarado) seems to think he can do it, and I'm taking that into consideration. Robby has ridden some of the other horses likely to go in the race, and he's been saying we should go ahead and run."
Kessinger had said in previous days that it has always been a dream of his to win the Arlington Million or the Grade I Beverly D., sister race to the Million also contested August 18.
"I've never been in a position to have a horse good enough to start in the Million before," Kessinger said. "I've started a couple in the Beverly D., but the best I've been able to do there is finish sixth." (The Kessinger-trained Weekend Madness finished sixth in 1994, and Memories, another Kessinger-conditioned distaffer, finished eighth in 1996.)
Could the green silks with pink sash and white sleeves of Juddmonte Farms, Inc. become the first colors to visit the Arlington Million winner's circle two years in a row?
Juddmonte Farm's Senure, adjudged winner of the Grade I United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park July 1, has had his status upgraded to probable as a starter in the Grade I Arlington Million August 18.
Senure crossed under the wire second by a head in the United Nations, but was subsequently placed first following the disqualification of With Anticipation. The 5-year-old son of Nureyev had finished second to Arlington Million candidate Bienamado in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Handicap at previous asking June 10 at Hollywood Park.
Senure is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who saddled Juddmonte Farm's Chester House to win the Arlington Million last year.
In the Grade I Beverly D., co-feature of the International Festival of Racing August 18, Three Plus U Stable's The Seven Seas has been added to the list of possible starters in the sister race to the Million.
The Seven Seas, a 5-year-old El Gran Senor mare also trained by Frankel, won the $125,000 Estrapade Stakes at Hollywood Park last year.
Gary A. Tanaka's Iftiraas, a British-bred filly who was third, beaten a length and a quarter in the $200,000 WinStar Distaff Handicap at Lone Star Park May 28, has been added to the list of possible starters for the Beverly D.
Tanaka's Baldwina, in the midst of European campaign, has been withdrawn as a possible starter in the Beverly D.
Irish-bred Analyser, owned by R. E. Sangster & A. K. Collins, and one of the European candidates to the Grade I Secretariat Stakes August 18, was off poorly and finished mid-pack in the 22-horse field sent postward in the William Hill Showcase Handicap at Goodwood Thursday.
The only 3-year-old in that large group, Analyser's chance was immediately compromised by a poor start that positioned him behind a wall of horses in the overflow field.
Patricia Miessler & Cliff Raber's Fan Club's Mister, winner of the Grade II American Derby July 22, is likely to work Saturday in preparation for a now probable engagement in the Secretariat. Female trainer Rickey Harris, conditioner of Fan Club's Mister, returned to Arlington earlier this week from a brief trip to the West Coast.
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