|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Nothing has come easy for trainer Wilson Brown in his elusive quest to win some of the top 2-year-old races of this season with Darwin Olson's It'sallinthechase.
The well-named youngster was the runner-up - beaten only a neck - in the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity September 29, but at the last minute Brown had to haul the horse himself from Oklahoma and back to win second money in Chicago.
Saturday morning, Brown was trying to ship his colt by air from Oklahoma City to New York for next Saturday's Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, part of the World Thoroughbred Championships, but again he was having problems.
"Things could be going better," said Brown when reached on his cell phone. "I'm sitting here in the (Oklahoma City) airport hoping that (equine) flight from California can land here. An hour ago, it didn't look good. The flight was diverted to Dallas because of the fog here, but now the fog is beginning to lift so maybe they can still stop and pick up my horse.
"You know, Officer and all those California horses are on this flight," said Brown. "My only concern right now is that they are not going to wait around for this Okie and just continue on to New York without stopping here. It's too late to make other flight arrangements, and I'm not going to van him all that way, so I'd have to skip the New York race.
"It'sallinthechase is doing good - real good - right now," said Brown. "I wouldn't want him to be doing any better. I worked him five-eighths four days ago, and if he gets on this flight, I'll gallop him tomorrow (Sunday) in New York and work him a half-mile Monday morning at Belmont. I'm anxious to see how he handles that track. A lot of horses don't like it. That's why they call it 'The Big Sandy.'
"But my horse is a big, powerful colt," Brown said, " and he's as sound as a baseball.
"We know who will be waiting for us back there," concluded Brown, speaking of The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Officer, who is considered by many to be unbeatable in the Juvenile. "He's an amazing horse. I haven't even seen them ask him (Officer) to run yet. In fact, I've never even seen that colt prick his ears. But we'd still like to try him."
When Arlington Park hosts its final racing day of the 2001 season Sunday, October 28, the featured race of the afternoon will be the $75,000 Estrapade Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth over the world-famous Arlington Park grass course.
Among the more interesting distaffers likely for the middle distance affair is Team Block's Ioya Two, a 6-year-old mare who was scratched out of a pair of grass stakes last week when inclement weather forced them to the main track.
Ioya Two, famous for her front-running victory in the Grade III Modesty Handicap earlier this season on Million Preview Day, was scratched out of the $45,000 Explosive Kate Handicap on Friday last week when that race was taken off the turf. One day later she was taken out of the $50,000 Lazer Show Stakes for the same reason by trainer Chris Block.
In the Modesty, the July 28 final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D., Ioya Two prevailed by a nose with a wire-to-wire performance. Before that, the daughter of Lord At War won the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap here on Prairie State Festival Day June 23.
Max Grunder & Arbaway Farm LLC's Julies Love Letter, although apparently overmatched in Woodbine's Grade II Canadian Handicap September 9, won a pair of outings at Arlington Park before that. The 4-year-old filly by Red Ransom, trained by Richard Lundy, is a possible starter in the Estrapade at this time.
Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc.'s Lady of Peace, like Ioya Two a daughter of Lord At War, is another being considered for the Estrapade by trainer Bobby Springer. In her last start at the one-mile distance on August 1, Lady of Peace finished second, beaten a length and a half.
Moises R. Yanez & Hernandez Racing Club's Diablos First Lady, with a pair of seconds in her last two starts here, is being pointed for the Estrapade by Yanez. Her most recent runner-up finish was in the $50,000 Lazer Show, taken off the main track and contested in the slop, but before that she was second in allowance company over a yielding turf course.
J. DeHaven, T. Hazelrigg & M. Bello's Mauricienne, a French-bred filly who came from off the pace to score by more than two lengths in her last start over yielding ground here September 29, is considered likely for next Sunday's feature.
Another European being considered for the Estrapade is P. Bradley III & S. D. Brille's Saffron Dancer, an Irish-bred who would be making her first start in North America after a summer campaign in The Emerald Isle.
Frank C. Calabrese's Great Fever is another French-bred with designs on the Estrapade, but the daughter of Kaldoun was ninth at last asking here over a yielding course and sixth in Delaware Park's $100,000 New Castle Handicap before that. However, Great Fever won by a neck in allowance company here July 8 when going nine furlongs.
My Jo Lee Stable, Inc. & Hurstland Farms, Inc.'s Please Sign In, considered likely for the Estrapade, was a good second, beaten only two lengths, in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf Handicap September 23.
Another possibility at this time for the Estrapade is Live Oak Plantation's Song for Annie, a Sultry Song mare trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott. She was fifth in allowance company at the New York oval September 8.
Peter Abruzzo & George Todaro's The Lord's Tune became the winningest horse at the meeting on Thursday with her sixth straight score at the local oval.
The Lord's Tune is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, and has been a necessary part of that Northern Californian's successful invasion of Arlington this summer as he keeps his narrow lead over Wayne Catalano for leading trainer honors at the meeting.
The Lord's Tune also won her last start at Bay Meadows before coming to Chicago, giving her a seven-race win skein at the present time.
Arlington Park jockeys Rene Douglas and Chris Emigh have riding engagements out of town this weekend.
Leading rider Douglas is at Keeneland on Sunday for the mount on Spanish Glitter in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.
Jockey Chris Emigh, who had a riding double Thursday at Arlington, is at Keeneland Saturday for a ride on Twilite Tryst in the Grade III Valley View. He journeys to Remington Park Sunday for a mount on Mahal in the Oklahoma Classic Day Turf and on Toll Booth Willie in the Oklahoma Classic Day Classic.
Date Time Event
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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