|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Keith Plaisance's Rahy's Secret, a veteran of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple earlier this season, may have found the ideal spot in Sunday's feature at the local oval, the $50,000-added Steinlen Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and an eighth on the grass.
Rahy's Secret, who tried the main track without success in his most recent trip to the post September 22, returns to a more familiar surface for Sunday's turf test and would appear well suited for the nine-furlong distance.
Last spring, the entire son of Rahy was third in the Grade III Hawthorne Derby at a mile and an eighth over the lawn, and then finished second, beaten only a neck, in the $100,000 Canterbury Breeders' Cup Derby in early June. The Kentucky-bred then tried the Grade II Arlington Classic here June 30 and finished a competitive fifth, but was a badly beaten sixth in the Grade II American Derby July 22 over a soft course.
Trainer Steve Hobby, whose barn has been enjoying a resurgence in recent days, is the conditioner of Rahy's Secret.
Morton Fink's Horrible Evening, trained by Niall O'Callaghan, is another likely participant in the Steinlen, named in honor of the 1989 Arlington Million winner trained by D. Wayne Lukas.
Horrible Evening, victor in the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby in Iowa on August 18, Arlington Million Day this year, broke in stride to make all the pace in that most recent start and increased his margin in the lane to tally by two and a half lengths. Before that the Evening Kris colt had prompted the early pace in the Grade III Round Table Stakes here July 28 on Million Preview Day.
Alan Drey's Bahroba, a home-bred gelding who has been absent since a one-length tally in allowance company here August 30 over a yielding course, is also being pointed for Sunday's Steinlen Stakes. In his previous effort August 10, also locally, Bahroba had finished a good fourth in the $60,000 Awad Stakes.
Highlighting the second of two special Monday racing programs at Arlington Park this season is the $50,000 Silver Maiden Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.
A field of seven sophomore distaffers is likely at this time for the Columbus Day main event at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval. The local season ends October 28.
Joseph Marovich LLC & Crown's Way Farm's Shemya, heroine of the $75,000 Purple Violet Stakes here June 23, appears likely to head the field at this early juncture.
Richard L. Duchossois' Good Humor, who came from just behind the early leaders to win her last start by six and a half lengths August 31 here, is expected for the Silver Maiden and could prove troublesome.
Northwest Farms' Flows Like Wine, a daughter of Mt. Livermore who broke her maiden at first asking here July 22 and was then second, beaten only a half in her second start over the grass August 8. She is also likely for the race named after the 1997 Arlington-Washington Lassie winner.
Also likely for the Silver Maiden at this time are W. & S. Dobozi Partnership's Abba Gold, Mike Anderson Thoroughbreds LLC's Emily Ring, Miklin Stables' Timely Lover, and Louie J. Roussel III's Heart of a Chief.
With the defection of Rose of Zollern, owned by Gary A. Tanaka, Dan White & Pepper Tree Farms' Asher will shoulder the top impost of 116 pounds in Saturday's Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap.
Asher last visited the winner's circle two starts back with a win in the Grade III Gardenia Handicap at Ellis Park August 11, over a racing strip labeled "muddy." Owner White was asked if she needs off going to perform her best.
"What she needs is an easy lead," said White. "She likes the front end, and if she can't get a comfortable lead she doesn't try hard. In that last race, the track was more 'wet-fast' than muddy, so I don't know that she prefers one track over another."
After winning both the Paseana and the Pippin, a pair of $50,000 stakes at Oaklawn this winter, Asher was badly beaten in the Grade I Apple Blossom at the central Arkansas oval.
"She always seems to find a way to screw up somehow in the big races," said White. "Two years ago in the Alcibiades at Keeneland, she acted up in the starting gate and banged her head. She'd never done that before and hasn't done it since."
The tandem of jockey Andreas Suborics and trainer Andreas Wohler, the two heroes of the Grade I Arlington Million August 18, are each currently the leaders in the World Series Racing Championship jockey and trainer standings.
Jockey Suborics, whose stated goal is to be the first Austrian World Champion since Formula One driver Nikki Lauda, is currently the leading jockey in the Series with 22 points, four more than runner-up Frankie Dettori.
Conditioner Wohler has now earned 25 points, one more than trainer Aidan O'Brien, second in the current standings.
The World Series Racing Championship resumes Sunday, with the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere, seventh leg of the Series. The Arc will be simulcast to Arlington Park at 10:30 a.m. Central time.
The local oval will offer a breakfast on the West Apron beginning at 7:30 a.m., with earlier races from Longchamp also simulcast locally.
Jockey Shane Laviolette continues his torrid pace of the last two weeks with a riding double on Wednesday's racing program here.
Laviolette is currently tied with Mark Guidry, last year's riding champion at Arlington, for fourth in the standings.
Jockey Corey Lanerie also posted a riding double on the Wednesday program.
Leading rider Rene Douglas and veteran Arlington reinsman Ray Sibille will journey to Hoosier Park Saturday night to ride in the $300,000 Indiana Derby. They will ride the Arlington daytime program prior to their departure. Douglas rides Gift of the Eagle and Sibille handles the reins on San Pedro. Douglas journeys to Keeneland Sunday.
Date Time Event
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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