|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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Godolphin's Sakhee, strongly favored by North Americans as well as Europeans, was no disappointment to his many backers throughout the world as he galloped home a facile winner in the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere at Longchamp Racecourse on the outskirts of Paris on Sunday.
Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Sakhee was placed just behind the early leaders by world-renowned jockey Frankie Dettori, took command turning for home and drew off with intermittent urging in the seventh leg of the World Series Racing Championship.
At Arlington Park, hub of the "Arc" wagering in North America, several hundred fans gathered on the West apron Sunday morning to enjoy croissants and coffee as well as the simulcast from France of the "Arc" and five other Longchamp races.
Sakhee, who won the Group I International Stakes at York in his previous trip to the post, was scoring his third straight win on Sunday. Daniel Wildenstein's Aquarelliste, a 3-year-old filly, finished second in the "Arc," with J. L. Lagardere's Sagacity just up for third.
At Arlington Park and throughout North America, telecast commentary for the "Arc" was hosted by Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel and Arlington announcer John G. Dooley. In North America, Sakhee paid $4.80 to win. The exacta was worth $26.00 and the trifecta returned $360.00.
Earlier French winners during the morning at Arlington included Mrs. H. Devin's Terre a Terre (Group I Prix de l'Opera Casino, $29.00); Mrs. Susan Magnier's Imperial Beauty (Group I Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, $16.60); James Wigan's Sulk (Group I Prix Marcel Boussac, $13.80); and Sir Alex Ferguson & Mrs. John Magnier's Rock of Gibraltar (Group I Grand Criterium, $3.60.)
Jockey Rene Douglas, on his way to the 2001 leading rider honors at Arlington Park, underlined his season-long dominance locally by winning four races on Saturday. It was the second time during the current session that the Panamanian reinsman had accomplished the feat.
Douglas won Saturday's second race aboard 3rd Turn Stables LLC's Kat Can Dance ($3.60); the fourth astride Gus Goldsmith's Summerhill Gal ($5.60); the fifth on Peter Abruzzo & George Todaro's Anstar ($3.80) and the seventh on Peter Abruzzo & George Todaro's The Lord's Tune ($4.80).
Jockey Robby Albarado, Arlington's leading rider in 1996, won four races on a single program three times during the current season before switching his tack to Keeneland. Douglas has done it twice, and veteran Chris Emigh accomplished the feat once during the summer.
When Peter Abruzzo & George Todaro's The Lord's Tune led from pillar to post to win Saturday's seventh race by a length and three-quarters, the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee was scoring his sixth straight victory, the last five of which have come at Arlington Park during the current session.
Before visiting the winner's circle on Saturday, the daughter of Relaunch A Tune had won by six and a half-lengths on September 8; by a length and a half August 23; by a head August 4; and by a half-length on June 20.
Prior to that local skein, 4-year-old filly had won by three-lengths on May 3 at Bay Meadows in Northern California.
Jerry Hollendorfer, the perennial leading conditioner in Northern California who is campaigning at Arlington for the first time on a full-time basis, had a training double on Saturday. Hollendorfer increased his leading trainer margin to eight wins over closest pursuer Wayne Catalano, who garnered the training title at Arlington Park last season.
David P. Holloway Racing Inc.'s Bet On Sunshine, who won $100,000 Arlington Sprint here August 25 by a nose, captured Saturday's Grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup at Keeneland for his third straight trip to the winner's circle.
The Phoenix, observing its 149th renewal on Saturday, is generally regarded as America's oldest stakes race. Bet On Sunshine, who has won three of the four runnings of the Arlington Sprint, is now a 9-year-old gelding, and is being pointed for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Before capturing this year's Arlington Sprint, Bet On Sunshine, trained by Paul McGee, had won the Grade III Aristides Handicap on June 30 at Churchill Downs.
Speaking of seniors, Arlington Park reminds its guests that persons 55 years of age and older will be admitted for $2 on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the season.
Jockey Chris Rosier, who began riding here earlier this week and has additional mounts on Sunday and Monday at Arlington Park, is a 20-year-old apprentice who hails from Shreveport, Louisiana and whose engagements locally are being handled by Dennis Petrucelli.
Rosier won his first race on March 9 at Oaklawn Park, journeyed to Great Lakes Downs and won three races on his first day at that Michigan oval.
Recently, he has been active on the Kentucky circuit and credits trainer Bob Holthus with much of his early success.
Arlington Park Chairman Richard L. Duchossois, one of the earliest and most enthusiastic proponents of international racing, celebrates his 80th birthday on Sunday, the same day that the 80th running of the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere was simulcast to Arlington Park. The "Arc" is the seventh leg of the World Series Racing Championship. The Grade I Arlington Million served as the third leg of that Series on August 18.
Speaking of international racing, fans who come to Arlington for the simulcast of the 2001 Breeders' Cup from Belmont Park will have a choice between the NYRA feed or the NBC telecast on television sets at Arlington.
Barn of the Month for September at Arlington Park was won by the Richie Scherer barn and will be presented during award ceremonies during Arlington's Monday racing program.
Date Time Event
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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