|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Sam-Son Farm's Strut The Stage, second by a nose in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes during the International Festival of Racing August 18, is expected to return once again against world class competition in the Grade I Canadian International on Sunday at Woodbine Racecourse.
The Canadian International, run at a mile and a half over the grass at the Ontario oval, serves as the sixth leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship in 2001. The Grade I Arlington Million, showcase of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, served as the third leg of the World Series and the centerpiece of the one-day International Festival of Racing here on the third Saturday in August.
Mark Frostad, trainer of Strut The Stage, won the 1997 Canadian International with Sam-Son Farm's Chief Bearheart.
On Target Racing's Williams News, who won the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf here last year, is another being considered for Sunday's Canadian International, which will be simulcast to Arlington.
Williams News, an altered son of Alleged, finished second by a nose in the Canadian International last year.
Mrs. Carde Ostermann-Richter's Paolini is another expected starter in the Canadian International. The German-bred Paolini captured the Group I Premio Presidente Della Repubblica in Rome in May, and is trained by Andreas Wohler, who saddled Silvano to win this year's Million. Andreas Suborics, the winning jockey in Arlington Million XIX aboard Silvano, is also expected to handle the reins on Paolini.
HH Shiekh Hamden bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Mutamam, a British-bred son of Darshaan, is also being pointed for the Canadian International. Mutaman was fourth in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf last year at Churchill Downs.
One week after the Canadian International, the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere, seventh leg of Emirates World Series 2001, will be simulcast to Arlington Park at 10:30 a.m. Central time October 7.
The race, showcase of the French Thoroughbred racing season, will be contested at a mile and a half over the lawn at Longchamp, for a purse of about $1,500,000 in U. S. currency.
Arlington will offer a breakfast on the West Apron beginning at 7:30 a.m. on that first Sunday in October, well in advance of the main French event of the morning. Breakfast will be $3.95, but coffee will be complimentary.
Earlier races on the program from Longchamp, the historic oval outside Paris, will include the Group I Prix de l'Opera at 8 a.m. Central time; the Group I Prix de l'Abbaye at 8:35; the Group I Prix Marcel Boussac, at 9:10; and the Group I Grand Criterium at 9:45.
Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel and announcer John G. Dooley will host the simulcast for North American audiences from the apron level on a set decorated with French posters and flags.
Also as part of the French simulcast will be the Handicap Epreuve, an allowance race on the grass, at 11:15 a.m. following the 'Arc."
Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano, winner of the Grade I Arlington Million August 18, has been confirmed a starter for the $1,002,087 Group I Carlton Draught Cox Plate, eighth leg of Emirates World Series 2001 on October 27.
The Cox Plate will be contested at a mile and a quarter on the turf course at the Moonee Valley Racing Club in Melbourne, Australia.
Silvano, a German-bred 5-year-old son of Lomitas, has entered quarantine in Germany and is due to arrive in Melbourne on October 9.
In addition to Arlington Million XIX, Silvano, trained by Andreas Wohler, has won the Group I Singapore Cup in Singapore as well as the Group I Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong. Austrian jockey Andreas Suborics, aboard for the Million score, will again be astride.
The third annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship -- with its all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, $100,000 grand prize and national recognition as NTRA/Daily Racing Form Handicapper of the Year at the Eclipse Awards in Hollywood, Fla. -- returns to Arlington Park and its five Trackside OTBs on four consecutive Saturdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13 and 20. Arlington Park, combined with Trackside Arlington Park plus the other four off-track facilities will be the five host sites for the four preliminary rounds of the contest, leading up to the Arlington Finals at Trackside Arlington Park on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Preliminary winners, who are eligible for weekly prizes at each site, will compete in the finals at Trackside Arlington Park on Nov. 10 to determine the four lucky winners who will win all-expense paid trips to Las Vegas to compete for the $100,000 first prize against top qualifying handicappers from across the country. The quartet also will compete as Team Arlington in the team competition.
John C. Oxley's Test of Time, a promising juvenile from the connections of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, has been withdrawn from Saturday's Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity.
"He has a slight lung infection," said trainer John Ward Jr. Wednesday morning of Test of Time, who broke his maiden at first asking at Saratoga August 27. "That's what happens with these babies. I hate to miss this dance, but we'll show up somewhere down the road."
Likely to go to the post in Saturday's final Grade II event of the local season are Larry F. Tulle's Double Zero Seven; Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty; Godolphin Racing, Inc.'s Dubai Squire; Darwin Olson's It'sallinthechase; Overbrook Farm's Major Storm; Stonerside Stable LLC's No Trouble; Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication; and James Tafel LLC's Tinker.
Possible starters in the local Futurity, main event of the season for 2-year-olds, are Stewart M. Madison's Jeremiah Jack; Darby Dan Farm, Ltd.'s Second Tuesday; and Amerman Racing LLC's Siphonic.
Employees of Churchill Downs, Inc., including Arlington Park and its five off-track sites, contributed $34,551 to the American Red Cross Fund for victims of the September 11 national tragedy, with Arlington personnel donating about one-fifth of that sum with a $6,708 share.
With Churchill Downs Inc, offering a dollar-for-dollar match on employee contributions, a total amount of $69,103 was contributed to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Date Time Event
Sat. Sept. 29 First post 1 p.m. Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Contest (1st Round)
Sun. Sept. 30 First post 1 p.m. Canadian International Simulcast from Woodbine
Sat. Oct. 6 First post 12:30 p.m. Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Contest (2nd Round)
Sun. Oct. 7 8 a.m. Arc de Triomphe Simulcast - Breakfast at Arlington
Mon. Oct. 8 First post 12:30 p.m. Columbus Day -- "Bring Back the '50s"
Sat. Oct. 13 First post 12:30 p.m. Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Contest (3rd Round)
Sun. Oct. 14 First Post 12:30 p.m. World Cup of Nations Cup - Amateur Riders (United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland)
Sat. Oct. 20 First post 12:30 p.m. Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Contest (4th Round)
Sun. Oct. 21 First post 12:30 p.m. NFL Pigskin Pig Roast at Arlington Park
Wed. Oct. 24 6 - 8 p.m. Breeders' Cup Handicapping Seminar Trackside Arlington Park
Sat. Oct. 27 First post 10 a.m. Breeders' Cup Day
Sun. Oct. 28 First post 12:30 p.m. Free Admission - Fan Appreciation Day at Arlington Park
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