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In today's notes:
Brazilian-bred Redattore, owned by Luis A. Taunay, breezed five furlongs in 1:03 4/5 Wednesday at Del Mar in preparation for a possible engagement in the Grade I Arlington Million August 18. However, a final decision on Redattore's status for the centerpiece event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season is not likely to be made before Friday.
"We're not one hundred per cent sure that we're going to come," said Gary Mandella, assistant to his father, recently inducted Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. "Our biggest concern is the amount of time between races. It would only be 21 days between his last race and the Million."
The younger Mandella, who left a position as an on-camera host at the TVG network to return to training, was speaking over the phone from his father's barn at Del Mar.
"The horse is doing fine," Mandella said, "but we're going to let him tell us if he feels up to the travel and another race so soon after the last one. We'll decide in a couple of days."
In his last trip to the post, Redattore was the two-length victor in the Grade I Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar on July 28, after pressing the pace and then taking command in the lane.
"If we come, Alex Solis will come to ride him," Mandella said, "but final arrangements haven't been made as to what barn we'll try to stable in if we come."
According to the Mandella barn, Redattore means "warrior" in Portuguese, and Redattore has certainly been that, accounting for a win in the Group I Grande Premio Pres da Republica at Gavea among his South American triumphs.
"He was a very good horse in Brazil," said Mandella. "He was brought to this country to have surgery performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage (at the Rood and Riddle Clinic in Lexington, Ky.)," Mandella said, "and then owner asked my father if he would train the horse here."
Will James C. Routsong's Megans Bluff have another work before her upcoming engagement in the Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park August 18?
"I don't think so," said trainer John Hennig over the phone from Louisville. "Not as such. I think we'll just basically 'two-minute-lick-her' a little bit, but she gallops very aggressively so she'll get something out of it. She trains very well and she tries every time."
Last summer, Hennig brought Megans Bluff to Arlington to capture the Grade III Arlington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, and then returned in the fall to win the Grade III Arlington Matron against older distaffers. In the process of those two Kentucky-to-Chicago trips, Megans Bluff became the only filly to win both those races in the same season.
However, both the Oaks and the Matron were races contested over the main track, and the $700,000 Beverly D., as the co-featured event of the International Festival of Racing, is run over Arlington's world-famous grass course. No filly or mare in previous Arlington history has ever been able to successfully make the transition from dirt to turf in races of that caliber here.
"Wouldn't that be something?" Hennig said of the chance for such an unprecedented score in the Beverly D. "She's quite a filly, however. It's funny, but coming up there, I feel like she's the local horse. I've really enjoyed our trips to Arlington.
"We'll put her in the van Friday morning about 5 a.m. and get to Chicago later that day," Hennig said. "She's done it very well three times now and I don't see any reason to change the routine now. She gets in that van, and she knows she's going somewhere to do something important and she loves it."
In her most recent trip to the post in the Grade III Modesty Handicap here July 28, the final local prep for the Beverly D., Megans Bluff was away slowly and closed with a rush to finish second, beaten only a nose for all of it. Usually, the daughter of Pine Bluff has been much closer to the pace. Was a change in racing tactics in the offing for the Beverly D.?
"We'll keep all options open and leave her where she wants to be," Hennig said. "We're not going to change our game plan now but Craig (jockey Perret) is a pretty strong rider and he will be able to ride the race the way it comes up. The nice thing to know is that after the way she ran last time, we know that we can be the new player in town and do what the game calls for."
In conjunction with the Singapore Turf Club, Arlington Park will be having a Singapore Plate Sweepstakes on Saturday, along with the Grade III Singapore Plate, a mile and an eighth stakes race restricted to 3-year-old fillies that was formerly run as the Arlington Oaks.
The Singapore Tourism Board is sponsoring a lucky draw for race fans, and one race enthusiast and a guest will win a four-day trip to Singapore with a vacation package that includes airfare and accomodations at the Merchant Court Hotel in Singapore.
Entry forms for the drawing will be available to race fans at Singapore display boxes located at the two main entrances to Arlington.
The lucky draw is just one part of a day full of Singapore-themed events at Arlington Park. Activities at the track will include a traditional Lion Dance to be held in the winner's circle prior to the Singapore Plate. A highlight of the traditional Lion Dance performance will involve painting the eye of the lion.
Koh Yong Guan, chairman of the Singapore Turf Club, will present the Singapore Plate to the winning owner. Joining him will be Yeo Khee Leng, chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board.
A reciprocal race - the Arlington Park Trophy - will be held August 26 in Singapore as part of a three-day race carnival at the Singapore Racecourse in Kranji.
Singapore has a long and illustrious horse racing history beginning in 1842, and the present Singapore Racecourse officially opened in March of 2000. The Singapore Airlines International Cup is one of the richest races in the world.
The fascinating island-nation of Singapore tempts the international traveler with year-round tropical weather, faithfully restored historic districts and a diverse culinary scene featuring Chinese, Indian, Malay and other ethnic specialties.
Michael L. Reavis' Glory Glory recorded the largest win payoff of the current season at Arlington Park Wednesday when the 3-year-old filly returned $136.20 for a $2 straight wager.
Glory Glory also paid $19.20 to show, the longest show price of the summer session at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval.
Patrons who fancied the 3-2-8 combination in trifecta wagers had a profitable afternoon Wednesday, winning the first race for a $126.20 payoff based on a $2 wager, and the last race of the day with that same 3-2-8 combination for a $407.60 trifecta payoff.
The trifecta is a wager in which fans are asked to pick the first, second and third-place finishers in order in any given race.
Jockeys Larry Sterling and Corey Lanerie each recorded riding doubles Wednesday.
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