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As a stockbroker for more than two decades, Larry Telle is used to speculative financial dealings, but as an owner of Thoroughbred racehorses, he may have taken successful speculation to a new level on Saturday at Arlington Park.
Telle's Double Zero Seven, a Kentucky-bred son of Beau Genius, won Saturday's second running of the Spectacular Bid Stakes, a six-furlong sprint that serves as the final local prep for the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity September 29.
The Futurity, a staple of the local session that will be observing its 67th renewal, is the main event for 2-year-olds at the meeting, and has often served as a barometer of the following season's Triple Crown candidates.
Following Double Zero Seven's score in the Spectacular Bid, celebrated on Telle's 44th birthday, the owner continues to ride the crest of a lucky wave. Double Zero Seven may be the gift that keeps on giving. Telle even got the horse for half price.
"Angel (trainer Montano) and I scour claiming races at Churchill Downs every day," Telle said. "When this horse made his first start last spring in a $50,000 maiden claiming race for his previous owners, we realized that the horse had a lot of trouble in the race and was probably better than he showed on paper. He finished sixth beaten almost 10 lengths in that race, but Angel and I decided that if we ever saw the horse run back for a $50,000 tag, we'd take him. Then, they ran him back for $25,000 instead.
"We were lucky," Telle said. "No doubt about it, and then to win that stakes race on my birthday was almost too good to be true, but I've been lucky before with Angel Montano claiming horses for me.
"A few years ago," Telle said, "we claimed a horse named Capt. Bold for $15,000 and he won 13 races and almost $210,000 for us.
"Another time," Telle said, "I tried to buy a horse named Long Suit out of a sale for $40,000, but I was the under bidder and didn't get him. Later, that horse ran for a $10,000 tag and we took him and won $130,000 with him, including the Churchill Downs Turf Sprint."
After arriving in Chicago Friday for Saturday's race at Arlington, Telle and his wife headed back to Louisville midday on Sunday.
"It was the first time my wife and I were able to get away for a weekend alone in quite some time," Telle said of the birthday weekend. "Normally, when we come to Arlington, we bring the kids. My son was very disappointed he wasn't going to get to come this time. He likes to come to Arlington for ice cream and the pony rides. We'll have to make it up to him.
"Arlington has always been a great host to us." Telle said, "so it's pretty much in our plans to come back for the Arlington-Washington Futurity September 29."
The 38th running of the Grade III Pucker Up, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and an eighth on the grass will be the featured attraction this Saturday at Arlington Park. At this early juncture, stakes coordinator Chris Polzin has had a positive response from the connections of seven sophomore distaffers looking to contest the middle distance affair over the lawn.
Charles Cella's Atomizer, a winner of her last two in a row at Saratoga, is one of those. Atomizer is a daughter of Northern Spur, an Arlington Million contestant in 1995. Trained by Pete Vestal, she last visited the winner's circle on Arlington Million Day this year, when she scored in allowance company over a turf course rated "good" at the upstate New York oval.
Hidaway Farm's Casual Feat, winner of the Grade III Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs last spring, is another likely Pucker Up contestant. Trained by Steve Penrod, the daughter of Cozzene finished third beaten only three-quarters of a length for all of it in her last start August 4 in the $50,000 Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park. Cozzene also sired Star of Cozzene, winner of the Arlington Million in 1993.
My Jo Lee Stable's Curious Conundrum, a surprise winner of the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Oaks in her last start August 25, is being pointed for the Pucker Up. Arlington regular jockey Zoe Cadman journeyed to Iowa for that winning effort for the Gene Brajczewski trainee who paid a win price of $67.20.
Paul Tonderum's Sharky's Review, Iowa-based and Iowa-bred, is expected to invade Illinois for the Pucker Up after a pair of restricted stakes scores at Prairie Meadows. She won the $65,000 Iowa Breeders Oaks at last asking September 1, and the $50,000 Iowa Stallion Stakes four weeks earlier.
Guy & Diane Snowden's Sluice, trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, remains a Pucker Up possibility. Sluice came from well back to capture the $60,000 Misty Isle here by two lengths August 4 with a bold late move after finishing second in her previous start July 14 at the local oval.
John C. Oxley's Snow Dance, victress in her last three starts, is also possible for the Pucker Up. Trained by John Ward, who won the Grade I Kentucky Derby last spring with the Oxley-owned Monarchos, Snow Dance won the Grade II Lake Placid Handicap at Saratoga by a length and a quarter in her last trip to the post August 20. Earlier in the Saratoga season, she had visited the winner's circle twice while racing in allowance company at the upstate New York oval.
Regatta Stable's Twilite Tryst, who finished second, two lengths behind Sluice in the Misty Isle here, had won her three previous efforts over the local course and remains a possibility to return for Saturday's Pucker Up stakes. The daughter of Afternoon Deelites is trained by local conditioner Hugh Robertson.
Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano, winner of the Grade I Arlington Million, centerpiece of the local season, finished second in the Grade I Man o'War at Belmont Park Saturday after being bumped on the first turn.
Andreas Suborics, winning rider in the Million and aboard Silvano once again, said the incident cost Silvano the race. The German-bred Million winner was beaten two and a quarter lengths at the wire.
"My horse ran very well," said Suborics, "but after that (the bumping incident), it was impossible to win."
Silvano is scheduled to compete in the Group I Cox Plate, eighth leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Australia October 27.
Jockey Shane Sellers, who announced his intention to recuperate further after Saturday's Spectacular Bid victory here as the second of two winners, is riding at Woodbine Race Course Sunday in the Grade I Atto Mile aboard City West after deciding to honor that previous commitment.
Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr., injured Saturday in a paddock mishap, remained off his mounts Sunday but will return to action Wednesday at Arlington. "He's a little sore in the neck, but everything else is clean," said Tom Morgan, agent for Juarez.
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