|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano, the impressive winner of this summer's Grade I Arlington Million, arrived in Australia on Tuesday for his upcoming engagement of the eighth leg of the World Series Racing Championship - the Group I Carlton Draught Cox Plate.
The German-bred Silvano won the Million, third leg of World Series 2001, by three lengths and will be asked to negotiate that same mile and a quarter distance over the grass at Melbourne's Moonee Valley on October 27.
The 5-year-old son of Lomitas took the 28-hour flight from Europe in his usual stride, as he did his trip to Chicago from Germany last August. Independent veterinarian Dr. Barry Smith, who tended to Silvano on his arrival at the Sandown quarantine station, commented on Silvano's low heartbeat as a sign of how relaxed he was.
Accompanying Silvano on his trip to the Southern Hemisphere was groom and exercise rider Bianca Seiling, who also journeyed to Arlington with the horse last summer. Trainer Andreas Wohler will arrive in the days closer to the Cox Plate.
Also making the journey to Australia from Europe was Gary A. Tanaka's Caitano, the British-bred 7-year-old who finished fourth to Silvano in the Arlington Million at odds of more than 66-1. Caitano, who was beaten 13 lengths by Silvano in the showcase event of the Arlington season, will face him again in the Cox Plate.
In the Cox Plate, worth approximately $1,166,000 in U.S. currency, Silvano will have to face Sunline, winner of the Group II Four 'N' Twenty Stakes at Flemington last Saturday. The 6-year-old mare will be trying for her third straight Cox Plate tally. She has two wins in four starts this year, but both defeats came at Moonee Valley.
The total handle on this year's Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere on Sunday, October 7 of $91,097 was nearly twice (+96 per cent) the $46,397 wagered last year. In addition, the total amount bet on the six races races from Longchamp in 2001 was $154,621 versus a total of $108,734 on the three French races simulcast in 2000.
Arlington served as the hub for the North American simulcast of the 'Arc,' seventh leg of the World Series Racing Championship.
On track at Arlington Park, $7,640 was wagered on the 'Arc' and $26,257 overall on the six international races. Last year, the track was closed on Arc Day.
Team Block's Ioya Two, the pillar-to-post victress in the Grade III Modesty Handicap last summer on Million Preview Day, will accept racing secretary David Bailey's top impost of 124 pounds in Friday's featured $45,000 Explosive Kate Handicap.
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 a late challenge 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 last trip to the post September 27, Ioya Two won over a yielding turf course in an allowance race.
Sure to provide strong competition for Ioya Two will be Charles Papan's Cozy Lass, next in Bailey's list of weights at 118 pounds. When last sent to the post at Mountaineer Park 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.
Others in the field for Friday's Explosive Kate are Carolyn Friedberg's Sabathani, 117; George D. Michalson's Magic Motel, 116; R.T.M. Racing, Ltd.'s Faccia Bella, 114; and Singer Farm, Inc.'s Royal Bandita, also assigned 114 pounds.
Also in the Explosive Kate lineup are Nancy A. Vanier, Kathy & Bill Pritts' Lorraine and Rocket 7 Racing, Inc.'s & M375 Thoroughbreds, Inc.'s Prairie Spring, both with 113 pounds.
Frank Mancari's Falasha, in with a feathery 111 pounds, completes the field as the only 3-year-old in the race.
Dan Martin & Jerry Ayres' Joanies Bella, heroine of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie here September 8, underlined her superiority over Ohio-breds with a 12-length score in the $75,000 Best of Ohio Juvenile Fillies Championship Stakes on Monday.
The Columbus Day highlight was contested at a mile and a sixteenth at Beulah Park on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. Joanies Bella negotiated the middle distance in 1:44 and returned a $2.80 win mutuel to her many backers.
Lothenbach Stables, Inc.'s Always Cool and John Spencer III's Little Won, both coming off of winning efforts at the local oval, are among those expected to contest Saturday's headliner at Arlington Park, the $50,000-added Lazer Show Stakes.
The Lazer Show, for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward, will be contested at five furlongs over Arlington's world famous grass course.
Others likely for Saturday's feature race are Moises R. Yanez & Hernandez Racing Club's Diablos First Lady, Paiges Ponies Stable's Paige's Boo, and Viking Stud, Inc.'s Unbridled Emotion.
Richard E. Trebat's Chicago Six has been assigned the top impost of 121 pounds by Arlington Park racing secretary David Bailey in Sunday's $45,000 Tom Rolfe Handicap at about a mile and a sixteenth.
Chicago Six won five in a row at other Chicago-area ovals from November until April, including the Grade III National Jockey Club Handicap at Sportsman's Park.
Eleven 3-year-olds and upward were nominated to the Tom Rolfe, named for the Powhatan Stable star who won the 1965 Preakness and went on to become the first winner of Arlington's Mid-America Triple that year.
Kudos are in order for Arlington Park employee Matt Shea for completing Sunday's Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:04:37.
Jockey Eddie Martin Jr. went over the $1 million mark in purse earnings during the Arlington Park season on Monday's racing program.
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