|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Team Block's Ioya Two, the courageous front-running heroine of the Grade III Modesty Handicap this year, has been asked to shoulder the top impost of 124 pounds in Friday's featured $45,000 Explosive Kate Handicap.
Twenty-three fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward were nominated to the Explosive Kate, which will be contested at a mile and an eighth over Arlington Park's world famous grass course. Racing secretary David Bailey's list of weights for the race restricted to distaffers that are Illinois registered, conceived and/or foaled was released Sunday.
In the Modesty, the July 28 final local prep for Arlington's Grade I Beverly D., Ioya Two broke in stride to make the pace, was cleverly rated by jockey Mark Guidry throughout and withstood late challenges to prevail by a nose. Before that the daughter of Lord At War won the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap here on Prairie State Festival Day June 23.
In her most recent start September 27, Ioya Two came from far back on a yielding turf course to win an allowance race at the local oval.
Next in Bailey's list of weights for the Explosive Kate at 118 pounds is Charles Papan's Cozy Lass, Arlington-based but recently West Virginia campaigned. In her most recent start at Mountaineer in the $55,000 Summer Final Handicap on Labor Day, Cozy Lass finished sixth, but before that the daughter of Vigors was a close third, beaten only a neck in the $55,000 West Virginia President's Cup Handicap August 11.
Co-weighted at 117 pounds for the Explosive Kate are Michele Boyce Racing, Inc. & Cherrywood Racing Stable's Cozy and Carolyn Friedberg's Sabathani.
Cozy, a daughter of Wallenda, was second to Ioya Two by three-quarters of a length in the Lincoln Heritage, and second in her most recent start October 5 on the main track in the allowance ranks.
Sabathani, who won the $25,000 Canterbury Oaks last year, has been away from the races since August 31 here, when she finished fourth in an allowance race contested over a yielding course.
"What a wonderful day!" said assistant trainer Dave Duggan as he accepted Arlington's September Owner of the Month Award on behalf of Godolphin Racing, Inc. following the seventh race Sunday.
"The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have won this race," added Duggan, who assists trainer Eoin Harty on a day-to-day basis while in charge of the local string. "Oh, well, we tried."
Godophin Racing Inc.'s Opportunist, an Irish-bred first time starter, had finished second moments earlier in the "Owner of the Month" race, sponsored by Bob Chinn's Crab House.
Earlier in the day, Godolphin's Sakhee, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, won the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere at Longchamp Racecourse on the outskirts of Paris, France.
Shortly before Arlington's seventh race, Godolphin's Sunray Spirit won the Grade III Cowdin Stakes at Belmont Park on the outskirts of New York, New York.
In Arlington's "Trainer of the Month" fifth race, also sponsored by Bob Chinn's, Wayne Catalano took down winning honors for the month of September.
"It's always nice to win one of these," said Catalano after accepting his award. "I'd like to thank Mr. (Frank) Calabrese for the opportunity to train these horses. Actually, I'd like to thank everyone associated with the stable. It's a very good team and this award is a teamwork kind of thing."
Veteran reinsman Randy Meier won the sixth race Sunday at Arlington aboard Racing Stable's Sweet Baby James, and following that winner's circle presentation Meier stayed around for a second Bob Chinn-sponsored ceremony as September's "Jockey of the Month."
"It's been a great month, especially winning that graded stakes," said Meier, in reference to his winning ride aboard Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication in the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity.
"Actually, the whole year has been great," added Meier, "considering that a year ago at this time my career was almost over." The popular Nebraska-born rider was still recovering from serious injuries during most of Arlington's 2000 season.
Ven Chavez, who selected eight winners, won the second round of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Contest at Arlington Park last Saturday, earning a $300 prize.
John Marks and Tom Molson were the winner and runner-up respectively at Trackside Rockford OTB. Marks won a $150 prize and Molson was awarded $50. Both Marks and Molson also had eight winners, but Marks won the tiebreaker.
Preliminary winners will compete in the finals at Trackside Arlington Park on Saturday, November 10. Those four lucky winners will win all-expenses paid trips to Las Vegas to compete for the $100,000 first prize against top qualifying handicappers from across the country. The quartet will compete as Team Arlington in the team competition.
The third round of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Contest - 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 - returns to Arlington Park and its five Trackside OTBs this Saturday, with the fourth and final preliminary round following on Saturday, October 20.
Complete results of the second round of the contest are available on line at www.arlingtonpark.com.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has donated to $10,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for victims of the September 11 national tragedy.
"The (ITHA) Board has voted to do this and instructed me to make out a check to the Fund," said Joe Kasperski Jr., president of the ITHA.
Arlington Park jockeys, led by leading rider Rene Douglas, who donated his entire purse earnings from the September 27 racing program to the Fund, contributed an additional $5,545 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
On October 9, 1992, closing day of the Arlington season, veteran track announcer Phil Georgeff signed off as the voice of Arlington after 34 years.
In Monday's fourth race, Hussar Racing Stable's Lighthouse Lil will be making the first start of her career. The 2-year-old filly trained by Janice Ely is named for the Chicago Lighthouse, a 95-year-old organization for blind or visually impaired people.
Date Time Event
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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