|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Fred Kissling's Spanish Glitter, on the board in graded stakes company earlier in the summer, should rule the choice when she heads a field of nine in Monday's featured $50,000-added Silver Maiden Stakes at Arlington Park.
The seven-furlong extended sprint, highlight of the second and final Monday racing program at the local oval this season, will have a gross value of $54,500 if all nine 3-year-old fillies go to the post, with a $32,700 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
In her most recent start on August 29 at Ellis Park, Spanish Glitter pressed the pace in an allowance sprint on the grass, could not match the winner in the lane and was beaten a half-length at the wire. Before that, however, the daughter of Glitterman won the $60,000 Meafara Stakes at Arlington by four and a half-lengths August 3 after coming from just behind the early leaders in that six-furlong sprint.
On July 14 at Calder Race Course in South Florida, Spanish Glitter had finished a good third in the Grade III Azalea Breeders' Cup, beaten just over three lengths. Leading rider Rene Douglas will handle the reins on Spanish Glitter.
Likely to provide strong competition for Spanish Glitter is Joseph Marovich & Crown's Way Farm's Shemya. The Illinois-bred returned from a short layoff to win a six-furlong allowance race here September 8. The homebred Shemya won the $75,000 Purple Violet Stakes here June 23 on Prairie State Festival Day. Ray Sibille will ride.
Completing the field are W. & S. Dobozi Partnership's Abba Gold, Eddie Martin Jr.; Mike Anderson Thoroughbreds LLC's Emily Ring, Earlie Fires; Northwest Farms' Flows Like Wine, Frank Lovato Jr.; Richard L. Duchossois' Good Humor, Eddie Razo Jr.; LDC Stables' My White Corvette, Jon Court; Miklin Stables' Timely Lover, Shane Laviolette; and Falcon Racing Stables' Twill, Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Last year's Arlington trainer champion Wayne Catalano, perennial leading Chicago reinsman Randy Meier, and the prestigious Godolphin stable, enjoying their first full season here, have been named Trainer, Jockey and Owner of the Month respectively for the month of September at Arlington.
Catalano will be presented with his award as September Trainer of the Month after the fifth race on Sunday. The popular Meier, a native of Nebraska but a longtime Chicago resident, will receive September Jockey of the Month following the sixth race; and representatives of Godolphin will accept Owner of the Month honors after the Sunday's seventh race.
Catalano, who garnered leading Arlington conditioner honors for the first time in his training career, saddled seven winners from 29 starters during September. He also posted a training double during the month and posed for a win photo with Frank C. Calabrese's Meadowminer following the $50,000 Sauce Boat Stakes.
Meier rode 10 winners from 118 mounts but had two riding doubles and a stakes-double-weekend during the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity on September 29 and the Sauce Boat the following afternoon. Meier guided Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication to victory in the $150,000 Futurity that Saturday and was aboard Meadowminer for his Sunday tally. Both horses kept their undefeated records intact in Meier's hands.
Godolphin, with a worldwide racing influence but enjoying an initial season-long presence at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval, recorded three wins from six starters during the month.
Fans of international Thoroughbred racing based in the Chicago area are reminded that Arlington Park will simulcast the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere at 10:30 a.m. Central time on Sunday.
Arlington will serve as the hub for the 'Arc,' which will be distributed to over 250 locations throughout the United States and Canada.
Arlington Park 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.
The main event of the French Thoroughbred racing season is the seventh leg of the World Series Racing Championship, which previously highlighted the Grade I Arlington Million as the third leg on August 18.
Arlington Park will offer a breakfast on the West Apron beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, well in advance of the 'Arc.' Coffee will be complimentary to Arlington's morning guests.
Earlier races on the 'Arc' program from Longchamp Racecourse on the outskirts of Paris will also be simulcast to Arlington. They 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.
Also as part of the French simulcast will be the Handicap Epreuve, a allowance race on the grass at 11:15 a.m. following the 'Arc.'
Godolphin's Sakhee is the morning line favorite in the French showcase event, and will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.
When was the last time any Thoroughbred trainer anywhere in the United States saddled a winner at 92 years of age?
Arlington trainer James Eckrosh accomplished that feat Friday when William Cortesi's Magic Doe captured the eighth race of the day for a $22.80 straight payoff.
"I've never gone this long without a winner before," said Eckrosh Saturday morning. "I was glad to win a race at Arlington before the season ended." Eckrosh, who celebrated his 92nd birthday July 10 at Arlington, will ship to Hawthorne Race Course following the Arlington Park season which ends on October 28.
Three Arlington Park campaigners - ridden by three Arlington Park jockeys - swept the first three places in the Grade III Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hoosier Park Friday night.
James Tafel LLC's Scoop, Tom & Joan Roberts et al.'s Gold Huntress and Carl F. Pollard's Caressing finished first, second and third respectively in the $200,000 middle distance affair at the Anderson, Indiana oval.
Scoop, who won the Flawlessly at Arlington earlier in the summer, won the Indiana Oaks with jockey Robby Albarado, currently second in the local standings, handling the reins.
Arlington-based Gold Huntress, with Shane Laviolette riding, finished second in the Hoosier test, and Grade III Singapore Plate winner Caressing, with Rene Douglas up, was third.
Date Time Event
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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