|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Blueblood may meet blue collar when the 67th running of the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity is contested next weekend, for among the likely participants in the main event of the season for 2-year-olds at Arlington Park is an upstart colt who was claimed for $25,000 earlier this summer.
Larry F. Telle's Double Zero Seven, the former plater who has won his last four starts in a row, heads a list of 30 colts and one gelding who have been nominated for the $150,000 Futurity, to be contested at one mile on Saturday, September 29.
The Arlington-Washington Futurity has a storied history with past winners, including two - Buckpasser and Spend a Buck - who went on to Horse of the Year honors later in their careers.
In Double Zero Seven's most recent trip to the post September 8 at Arlington, when going six furlongs, the colt was allowed to settle early, challenged for command in mid-stretch and outgamed Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty by a half-length in a hard drive to the wire. That winning effort came in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes, final local prep for the Arlington-Washington Futurity.
Previouly, Double Zero Seven won the $60,000 Gilded Time here August 16 after racing forwardly throughout and launched a late bid inside the furlong grounds to win by a neck.
Double Zero Seven, by noted off-track sire Beau Genius, is out of a Phone Trick mare and was claimed by trainer Angel Montano Sr. on behalf of owner Tulle for $25,000 last June in a maiden claiming race at Churchill Downs.
Godolphin Racing, Inc.'s Dubai Squire is being pointed for the Arlington-Washington Futurity and may head the list of the more fashionably bred contestants. An entire son of 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall out of the Stalwart mare She Rides Tonite, the Kentucky-bred was no disappointment at the choice of the fans in allowance company September 9, drawing off steadily in the lane for a seven and a half-length tally.
Before that, in a maiden race on August 23, Dubai Squire rewarded backers that sent him off as the odds-on choice with a three-length score.
Also nominated to the final Grade II event of the 2001 season at Arlington is Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty, most recently second to Double Zero Seven in the Spectacular Bid. Lunar Bounty won the Grade II Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs by two and a half lengths last spring, but then finished fifth in the Grade II Saratoga Special at that upstate New York oval before returning to Arlington, where he had broken his maiden three months ago.
R.T.M. Racing, Ltd.'s Faccia Bella will shoulder the top impost of 118 pounds when she heads a field of 10 distaffers in Sunday's feature, the $45,000 Unique Type Handicap.
Restricted to fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward that are Illinois registered, conceived and/or foaled, the race will be contested at the middle distance of "about" a mile and a sixteenth.
In her last start September 8 here when going seven furlongs, Faccia Bella came from well behind the field in an allowance affair and surprised rivals with a bold late rally to score by a neck, returning a $49.60 win mutuel.
The bay mare had finished fifth in her previous trip to the post August 12 when going a mile and a sixteenth.
However, last March 31, Faccia Bella, a daughter of Dixie Brass, won the $75,000 Peach of It Stakes at Sportsman's Park, and as a 2-year-old in 1998, she was elected as Illinois-bred champion juvenile filly.
Ron L. Brandenburg's Little Mo should be the one to beat in the Unique Type. A chestnut mare by Little Missouri out of a Mr. Leader mare, she has won her last three in a row. At last asking August 31 in a $35,000 claiming race, the 6-year-old mare was allowed to settle early, rallied boldly when set down for the drive and was up to be best by three-quarters of a length. Before that, she had used the same tactics to tally by a nose at the $25,000 level on August 9, and had won by a head in allowance company here July 9.
Singer Farm, Inc.'s Royal Bandita, also in the weights among the Unique Type starters with 116 pounds, has a pair of sixth place finishes in her last two starts in open allowance company. However, she was third in the $45,000 Your Ladyship Handicap here July 1 in a race restricted to distaffers of the Illinois program. On Prairie State Festival Day here June 23, she was fifth in the $75,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap but only beaten a length and three-quarters for all of it.
Also in the Unique Type is Dan C. Muckler & Jack Wolfner's Ballado's Baby, 111; George D. Michalson's Magic Motel, 113; Patrick Mitchell Racing Stable, Ltd.'s Erin G., 113; and Emerald Ridge Farm's Something Wicked, 114.
Completing the field is Mrs. & Michael P. Brickman's My Dallas, 114; Nancy A. Vanier, Kathy & Bill Pritts' Lorraine, 112; and Rocket 7 Racing, Inc. & M375 Thoroughbreds, Inc.'s Prairie Spring, 112.
Sunday Pigskin Pig Roasts return to Arlington Park on each Sunday during the month of October as part of the NFL Sunday football package held in the lower level of Mr. D's Lounge at the east end of the grandstand on the apron level. A specially priced pork sandwich or dinner with beverage will be available as part of the pigskin festivities.
Jockey Rene Douglas, the leading rider at Arlington Park this season, crossed under the wire first in four races Thursday, but was disqualified from one victory and ended up with a riding triple on the program.
Sunday's AQHA Quarter Horse racing has been cancelled due to lack of nominations.
Today is the final Miller Lite Party in the Park with Tumbleweed. Next Friday, September 28, will be the last 3 p.m. first post time on Friday. Beginning Wednesday, October 3, post time will be 12:30 p.m. every day.
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