|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan & Robert Sangster's Bienamado continues to train sharply at Santa Anita Park and remains on track for his upcoming engagement in the Grade I Arlington Million August 18, according to trainer Paco Gonzalez.
Bienamado has been away from the races since his length and a half tally in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park June 10, but the 5-year-old son of Bien Bien worked a handy seven furlongs in 1:26 last Sunday at Santa Anita.
"He's doing very well," said Gonzalez, over the phone from his Arcadia headquarters when speaking of Bienamado. "We will probably work him one more time, maybe five-eighths of a mile this Sunday at Santa Anita, and then ship to Chicago next Tuesday or Wednesday.
"Last year, I shipped him five days ahead of the race and there was a lot of rain during the week. I don't want to go that many days without him getting a chance to go to the track." Gonzalez said. "He didn't miss any works last year, but I like to get the horse out on the track and the rain made things a little more difficult.
"I don't want to miss the last three or four days before the race this year, so that is the main reason we'll be coming later in the week," Gonzalez said.
Bienamado, who finished fourth in last year's Arlington Million as the choice of the fans, suffered from poor racing luck in that outing but was beaten less than five lengths at the wire.
"We got a slow break," Gonzalez said of Bienamado's trip in the 2000 Arlington Million. "Because he broke slow, we lost a lot of ground and then he got bumped turning for home and hurt his back. That's why we missed the Breeders' Cup (Turf) with him."
Bertram Klein & L T B Inc.'s Typhoon Bertie, a promising daughter of Dr. Caton out of a Clever Trick mare, heads a precocious group of seven 2-year-old fillies slated to go to the post in Sunday's featured $60,000-added Eliza Stakes at six furlongs.
The sprint has been carded to serve as an excellent early prelude to the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, run September 22 at one mile.
In her last trip to the post on June 24 at Churchill Downs, Typhoon Bertie broke in stride to prompt the early pace, took command entering the lane and drew off to tally by two and a- half-lengths. In her career debut one month earlier at the Twin Spires oval, the Bernie Flint trainee had finished fourth.
Another young distaffer sure to be well-regarded in the Eliza wagering is the Kenny Spraggins-conditioned Miss Spragg, who was bred by her trainer and is owned by Ken Spraggins & MWM Stable. Miss Spragg tallied by two and a half lengths in a four and a half-furlong dash here at Arlington July 13 in the second start of her career.
WinStar Farm LLC's Honest Deceiver and Tom Swearingen Racing Inc. & Peter Abruzzo's Lil' Mary's Kitty, a pair of juveniles who are both one-for-one in maiden special weight company, also merit strong consideration.
Honest Deceiver is a daughter of Is It True who visited the winner's circle in her only trip to the post July 29 here going five and a half furlongs. Lil' Mary's Kitty, by Z Z Cat, drew off steadily for a 14 ½-length score going four and a half furlongs at Hawthorne May 8.
Completing the field are Dreabon Copeland's Lakeside Cup, and the Danny Bird-owned and trained pair of My Carati and Zippity Zappin.
Jockey Shane Laviolette enjoyed his best afternoon of the summer at Arlington Park Thursday when he scored a riding triple for the first time during the current local season.
Laviolette began his "hat trick" in the second race of the afternoon with David Campbell's Uno Bruno, continued with Felix Wright's Perfect One in the seventh event and concluded in the eighth race of the afternoon with Joseph A. & Hugh D. Scates' Island Riffle Cat.
Jockey Robby Albarado, who didn't switch his tack to Arlington Park this summer until July 21, continued the torrid pace that has vaulted him to third in the jockey standings by riding four winners Thursday.
Albarado, the only rider to have accomplished that four-win feat more than once during the current session, has now done it three times, after posting his previous four-baggers July 27 and August 2.
The native of Lafayette, Louisiana, now considered one of the premier riders in the country, began his assault on national prominence by winning the 1996 riding championship at Arlington before switching his tack to other confines.
Lenny Pike, Albarado's agent and a native of Lincolnwood, Illinois, had indicated that his goal for Albarado was to be leading rider here this summer by the time the team left for the Keeneland fall session beginning in early October.
That goal is now within reach. Rene Douglas, the meeting's leading rider thus far, had 50 wins from 229 mounts through Thursday's program. Mark Guidry, who has switched his tack to Saratoga, is second in the standings with 35 trips to the winner's circle here this summer from 139 mounts. Albarado is now only four behind him with 31 wins from 95 mounts, giving him an incredible win percentage of 32.63, or almost one win for every three mounts.
Albarado's four-win Thursday began with a successful score astride Sharon L. Hild's Shagkin in the opener and continued in the fifth with a win aboard Jack Hanson, David Weislo & Deona Webb's Jet Away. The afternoon became a riding triple for Albarado in the next race with a win on Peter Abruzzo & Jerry Hollendorfer's Pure Mirage, and concluded in the finale with a trip to the winner's circle on William Borgeson & Kenneth Maier's U Hear Me.
Stonerside Stable LLC's Kalatiara, an Australian-bred filly conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, breezed seven furlongs in 1:30 2/5 Wednesday at Del Mar in preparation for her upcoming engagement in the Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park on August 18.
Allen E. Paulson's Living Trust's Startac worked six furlongs handily in 1:13 1/5 around the "dogs" at Del Mar Wednesday in preparation for his upcoming engagement in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes August 18.
Jockey Earlie Fires, who was inducted into the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga on Monday, won his first race with his new lifetime achievement credentials on Thursday when he guided Penny Fires & Joe and Michael Pulgiano's Millennium Two to a two and a half-length score in the third race of the afternoon.
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