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In today's notes:

EMPIRE STATE'S AMMODIO INVADES FOR SATURDAY'S SPECTACULAR BID

Will Darrell & Evelyn Yates, Ltd.'s Ammodio be coming to Arlington Park for Saturday's $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes?

"He left today," said trainer Tom Amoss over the phone from Churchill Downs Wednesday. "He had a very good breeze here the other day. In fact, we've breezed him twice since we got him and we're looking forward to seeing how he performs Saturday."

Ammodio, a 2-year-old Polish Numbers colt out of a Midway Circle mare, was bred in New York and has made one start in his career, leading every step of the way and drawing off at will to win by almost 13 lengths in a restricted race at Finger Lakes. That win on August 3, although against New York-breds, was impressive enough to encourage the Yates to buy him privately.

"I'm always looking out for something that might slip under the radar screen," said Amoss, when explaining the purchase of a horse stabled at the lower-profiled upstate New York oval. "This horse had a very good Ragozin number," and Mr. Yates was very active in making the decision to purchase the horse. We watched a tape of his race at Finger Lakes and we both liked the way he looked in winning that race.

"After the sale was completed," Amoss added, "we had him shipped to Saratoga for a few days and then sent him on to Churchill Downs. I've had him about three weeks now and I'm looking forward to seeing how he runs in the Spectacular Bid. I'll come up to Arlington on the day of the race."

Saturday's Spectacular Bid, observing its second renewal this season, has been designed to be the final local prep for the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity, the main event of the season for juveniles. That one-mile Chicago fixture will have it's 67th running at the local oval on September 29.

HANDSOME HUNK BEING TAUGHT STAYING POWER

In his last trip to the post in the $100,000 Ellis Park Juvenile August 18, Jacks or Better Farm's Handsome Hunk made the pace before tiring behind eventual winner Request for Parole, who was second by a neck in Monday's $200,000 Cradle Stakes at River Downs.

"He's fast, but he has to learn he's not a Quarter Horse," said Jane Brei, who along with husband Fred operates Ocala's increasingly prominent Jacks or Better operation, "so I'm not sure whether or not he can be ready for Arlington's race Saturday."

Handsome Hunk, who broke his maiden at second asking at Churchill Downs May 19, is nominated to Saturday's $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at the local oval.

"Whenever I ask Dale (trainer Romans) about him," Mrs. Brei added, "he always says the same thing: 'Just be patient.' Handsome Hunk is only a 2-year-old, and he's a May baby, so I think Dale may be trying to teach him some things. I also think, being a Hennessy colt out of a mare we have named Lit'l Rose, he may want to go a little further than six furlongs once he learns how to rate.

"Trainers are like breeders in that they aren't supposed to have favorites," Mrs. Brei said, "but I think Dale really likes this colt and may want to give him as much time as he needs."

The Spectacular Bid is a sprint preview of the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity, to be contested at one mile here September 29.

EMIRATES WORLD SERIES RACING CHAMPIONSHIP RESUMES SATURDAY

Galileo and Fantastic Light are set to clash once again in the fifth leg of the Emirates World Series - the Group I Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown Racecourse on Saturday.

The Emirates World Series, sponsored by Emirates, the award winning international airline of the United Arab Emirates, travels around the globe taking in the 12 most prestigious Thoroughbred races in 10 countries on four continents. Including the Grade I Arlington Million, third leg of the Series and the centerpiece of the International Festival of Racing at Arlington, all 12 races are events in their own right and together they provide a global test in horse racing to establish the Emirates World Series Champion of 2001.

Galileo, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, is the current joint leader of the Emirates World Series following his victory in the second leg of the 2001 Series - the Group I King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in July.

On that occasion the son of Sadler's Wells beat the 2000 Emirates World Series Champion Fantastic Light in an epic battle to the line.

Aidan O'Brien, who won this event last year with Giant's Causeway, has also left in Ice Dancer and Bach in the Leopardstown showpiece event.

World Champion Saeed bin Suroor in addition to Fantastic Light has left in pacemaker Give The Slip and his International Stakes winner Sakhee.

Dermot Weld may be represented by Muakaad, who finished sixth in the Arlington Million behind German ace Silvano.

Luke Comer has left in Chimes at Midnight, who finished down the order in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

Kevin Predergast may run his Pretty Polly Stakes winner Rabelline while Jim Bolger could keep in Siringas, a listed winner by Barathea.

BITS & BRIDLES

  On September 6, 1928, hurdle racing returned to Chicago for the first time in nearly 25 years, when Arlington began a schedule of three races a week over the hurdle course. Steeplechase racing is scheduled to be renewed at Arlington once again this Sunday with the Grade III St. James Cup.

  On September 6, 1966, recently inducted Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires won six races from seven mounts.

  On September 6, 1987, Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. picked up career win 6,032 to tie Hall of Fame Johnny Longden as the third winningest jockey of all time when he guided Manila to victory in Arlington Million VII.

  Arlington Park jockeys finished first and second in Iowa on Labor Day when Alfredo Juarez Jr. won the $100,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap with Chicago Six and Chris Emigh finished second a half-length back aboard Neon Shadow.

  Jockey Eddie Martin Jr. recorded a riding double at Arlington Park Monday, winning the featured Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile with Louie J. Roussell III's Intern and the finale astride Lauren M. Smith's Go Go Hasty.

  Jockey Ray Sibille also had a double, winning the Labor Day opener on top of Virginia Lazenby's Dealer's Suprise and the eighth on Henry Pabst's Woodmoon.

  James Tafel LLC's Scoop worked five furlongs on the Arlington turf course Wednesday in 1:02 3/5, with the "dogs" up, in preparation for a possible engagement in the Grade III Pucker Up here on September 15.

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