|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Moises R. Yanez & Hernandez Racing Club's Diablos First Lady may inherit the favorite's mantel in Saturday's feature attraction - the $50,000-added Lazer Show Stakes - assuming Team Block's Ioya Two is scratched as expected in favor of Friday's $45,000 Explosive Kate Handicap.
The Lazer Show, a five-furlong sprint over the Arlington Park lawn, is restricted to fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward, and will have a gross value of $56,000 if all 12 go, with a $33,600 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner. However, if Ioya Two is withdrawn, the gross will be $55,500 with the winner's share worth $33,300.
Should Ioya Two remain in the field, she would loom a strong choice based on her tally in the Grade III Modesty Handicap here July 28 and her score in the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage Stakes earlier in the season on June 23.
However, without her in the Lazer Show Stakes, Diablos First Lady might be the fan favorite. In her last trip to the post over a yielding turf course at five and a half furlongs, the 5-year-old daughter of Diablo faced Ioya Two on September 27, was unhurried early but rallied boldly to finish second beaten only a half-length by the Modesty winner.
Before that Diablos First Lady had tried a middle distance of ground unsuccessfully at Canterbury Park in the $40,000 Minneapolis Handicap when beaten four lengths at the wire.
William G. Robbins' Brittsker also merits consideration. In her most recent trip to the post, the Bounding Basque mare dueled for the lead in a six-furlong sprint on the main track, weakened in the final furlong but was beaten only a head for all of it. The potential of her grass breeding might serve her well at Saturday's shorter distance, despite her sluggish start in a race at Lone Star with similar conditions.
In three other starts at Arlington during the summer, Brittsker has visited the winner's circle twice and finished a close second in the other.
Completing the Lazer Show field are Lothenbach Stables, Inc.'s Always Cool, Tom Boy Stable's Boo's Brass Lady, Tim Langley's Dotsie's Doll, Frank C. Calabrese's Golden Antigua, Michele Rodriguez' Lady Lyra Lee, John Spencer III's Little Won, Viking Stud, Inc.'s Unbridled Emotion, John Confetti's Capitol View, and Equal Justice Acres LLC's Sumthintotalkabout.
Richard E. Trebat's Chicago Six, assigned the top impost of 121 pounds by racing secretary David Bailey, remains a possibility to head the field in Sunday's $45,000 Tom Rolfe Handicap at Arlington Park, but is also being considered for an upcoming stakes at Keeneland.
Chicago Six won five in a row in Chicago at other area ovals during the winter, including a three-quarter length score in the Grade III National Jockey Club Handicap at Sportsman's Park.
Next in Bailey's list of weights at 116 pounds and likely to go to the post in the Tom Rolfe is Richard F. Rudolph's Castlewood, who was a length and three-quarters winner in his most recent trip to the post in an allowance race at Arlington September 26.
Gene Voss & Leslie Grimm's Frazee's Folly, assigned 115 pounds in the Tom Rolfe, finished second to Castlewood in their last outing and is expected to face that rival again.
Ed Wright & Miles Childers' Double Affair, a well-beaten fifth behind Chicago Six in the $100,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap September 3 in Iowa, is assigned 114 pounds in the Tom Rolfe, as is Yoshio Fujita's E Z Glory, a winner of his last two in a row. Both are expected to compete in Sunday's feature attraction.
James W. Orr Jr.'s A'fire at 112 pounds and Alumni Horse Ventures, LLC's Del Mar Danny at 111, are also considered likely for the Tom Rolfe at this time.
Mt. Brilliant Stable LLC's Desert Demon, a four and three-quarter-length winner when in for a $50,000 tag September 22, remains a possible starter in Sunday's Tom Rolfe.
Monday's Columbus Day racing program at Arlington Park featured roll-back-the-prices items on the concession stands as they would have been priced in the 1950s, and the promotion had racing fans at Arlington Park eating like Elvis in the 1970s.
A total of 4,771 hot dogs were consumed at Arlington on Monday, washed down by 3,832 sodas, topped off by 1,675 ice creams and 1,352 servings of popcorn.
With a surge in recent weeks that has seen him saddle winners at over a 20 per cent clip, trainer Tommy Tomillo has surged into third position in the Arlington Park trainer standings. Through Monday's program, Tomillo was 10 behind leader Jerry Hollendorfer and only three behind runner-up Wayne Catalano, the defending trainer champion at Arlington.
Jockey Rene Douglas, already assured the Arlington Park riding championship for 2001, had a riding triple on Wednesday's program to give him 119 wins for the meeting. Douglas won Wednesday's second race on John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred, the fifth on Carolyn & Harry Disko's Gender Motors, and the finale on Abbu Racing Stables' Golden Storms.
Jockeys Frank Lovato Jr. and Corey Lanerie both recorded riding doubles on Wednesday.
Jockey Shane Laviolette went over the $1 million mark in purse earnings for the current season on Wednesday.
Racing fans are reminded that 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/DRF Handicapper of the Year - returns to Arlington Park and its five Trackside OTBs this Saturday. The fourth and final preliminary round follows on Saturday, October 20.
Seventy-four years ago, on October 13, 1927, Arlington Park opened. Joe Bollero rode Luxembourg to victory in the first race.
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