|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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The two Steeplechase races, including the St. James Cup, scheduled to be run at Arlington Park on Sunday, September 9 have been cancelled due to a lack of entries.
"Arlington Park scheduled these races because they provide our fans with a different and an entertaining kind of racing experience," said Arlington Park president and CEO Steve Sexton. "We depend on the National Steeplechase Association to provide us with the necessary horses but unfortunately they were not able to generate enough entries to run the races."
Thomas R. Durant's Lunar Bounty, who broke his maiden at first asking at Arlington Park on June 21, returns to the scene of his initial score to head a field of eight juveniles in Saturday's $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes.
The six-furlong sprint restricted to 2-year-olds observes its second renewal this season and is designed to serve as the final local prep for the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity. The 67th running of that highlight of the 2-year-old season at the local oval will be contested at one mile September 29.
In his last trip to the post, Lunar Bounty journeyed to upstate New York for the Grade II Saratoga Special on August 15 but never launched a serious bid and finished a well-beaten fifth. Before that, however, the colt by Migrating Moon had captured the Grade II Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs by two and a half-lengths on July 8. In that outing at the Twin Spires oval the Florida-bred was allowed to settle behind the early leaders, challenged for command approaching the stretch and drew off in the final furlong.
Veteran reinsman Frankie Lovato Jr., the only jockey Lunar Bounty has known in his three career starts, is slated to return in the irons once again.
Sure to provide strong competition for Lunar Bounty in the Spectacular Bid is Larry F. Telle's Double Zero Seven, who scored a hard-earned neck victory in the $60,000 Gilded Time here August 16. In that sprint contested over a track rated "good" the Beau Genius colt was allowed to settle early, challenged for command after the eighth pole and outgamed rivals the rest of the way.
It was the third straight victory for Double Zero Seven, who was claimed by trainer Angel Montano Sr. last June 7 for $25,000. The Kentucky-bred broke his maiden by 10 lengths in $50,000 company at Arlington July 18 over a course listed as "muddy" and then came back in "non-winners-of-one-other-than" company July 28 and won by two and three-quarters. Shane Sellers is named to handle the reins in the Spectacular Bid.
Completing the field for Saturday's featured event are: Darrell & Evelyn Yates, Ltd.'s Ammodio, Eddie Razo Jr.; Darwin Olson's It'sallinthechase, Robby Williams; James Peltier's J.P. Jet, Eddie Martin Jr.; Michele Rodriguez's Super Striker, Randy Meier; James Tafel LLC's Tinker, Robby Albarado; and Peter Abruzzo, Roger Samson & John Carver's Treasure Run, Roberto Perez in the irons.
Of these, Ammodio, who won his career debut at Finger Lakes by 12¾ lengths, appears a strong threat. Since that August 3 outing in upstate New York, the Polish Numbers colt has been purchased privately for his present connections and the talented Tom Amoss has taken over the training chores.
Sunday's featured event at Arlington is the $45,000 Mariah's Storm Handicap, for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward at a mile and an eighth.
According to Arlington Park stakes coordinator Chris Polzin, eight distaffers are likely at this time for the middle distance affair.
Thunderhead Farms' Rodeo Fan and Mt. Brilliant LLC's Frankly My Dear, a pair of 4-year-old fillies who finished first and second respectively a neck apart here on August 12, are expected to share the starting top impost of 117 pounds in Sunday's test.
The Mariah's Storm Handicap is named in honor of the only filly to ever win the Arlington-Washington Lassie, the Arlington Oaks and the Arlington Matron at the local oval. That daughter of Rahy accomplished her sweep from 1993-1995.
In their last encounter Rodeo Fan and Frankly My Dear went a mile and a sixteenth in allowance company, with the latter making the pace and just failing to withstand the winner.
Likely to oppose the co-highweights in the Mariah's Storm are: Wexler Stables, Inc.'s Adam's Time, 114, fourth behind the top two last time; and Richard L. Duchossois' Applesolutely, 114, third in that same test.
Also, Gary A. Tanaka's Humble Clerk, 114, sixth in the Grade III Delaware Handicap July 22; Northwest Farm's Taste the Passion, 114, third in Emerald Downs' $40,000 Boeing Handicap July 15; Nancy A. Vanier's Double Devils Food, 113, returning to the main track following two unsuccessful grass outings; and James Tafel LLC's Lakenheath, 112, the only 3-year-old in the field who has been absent since finishing fifth in the Grade I Ashland last spring.
Arlington Park, host of the Grade I Arlington Million, third leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, will offer wagering on the fifth leg of that Series Saturday morning, when Mrs. John Magnier's Galileo heads a field of eight in the Group I Irish Champion Stakes from Ireland.
The mile and a quarter turf test, sponsored this year by Ireland The Food Island, will be contested at Leopardstown Racecourse Saturday at 10:05 a.m. Central Time.
Godolphin's Fantastic Light, winner of Emirates World Series 2000 and a gallant second to Galileo in the Group I King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, second leg of the Series July 28, appears the one to beat once again.
Arlington will offer win wagering and exacta wagering, both on the grandstand apron in the Hearth Bar area of the stands and also at Trackside at the corner of Euclid and Wilke.
Leading rider Rene Douglas had a riding double on Wednesday at Arlington, winning the second on Richard E. Trebat's Beth's Bo and the eighth on L.W.Z. Racing Stable's Kiss Me Goodbye.
Jockey Robby Albarado, second in the standings, kept pace with two saddle scores, winning the fourth with Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Jilbab, and the seventh with Sy Baskin's Stiltsville.
Jockey Marlon St. Julien also had a riding double Wednesday, capturing the third with Terry Bruner's Super Fuzzy and the finale on T. Starr Porter's Generals Sword.
On September 7, 1987, Chicago Thoroughbred racing fans joined Governor Jim Thompson, Arlington Heights Mayor James Ryan, Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois and Arlington Park president Ken Dunn for ground-breaking ceremonies in the winner's circle for construction of the new Arlington.
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