|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Michael P. Cloonan's Morluc should rule the choice if Saturday's $50,000-added Taylor's Special Stakes remains at five furlongs on the grass, but a switch to the main course would significantly alter the make up of the featured dash.
Assuming the sprint remains on the lawn, Morluc would appear to be a solid favorite. In his last trip to the post October 5 in the $75,000 Nureyev Stakes over the Keeneland grass, the entire son of two-time Eclipse Award-winning Housebuster made the pace and drew clear late for a length and three-quarters score. However, last March at Dubai's Nad Al Sheba in his last start on dirt, Morluc finished an uncharacteristic seventh, beaten almost 10 lengths.
Terrence M. Brown's Distintive Mr. B would appear to be more versatile on Saturday. He has two wins in his last two starts with the last on grass and the one before that on the main track. Most recently, September 15 on the turf, he led throughout to tally by a length and a half for a $50,000 claiming tag. Before that, however, he used the same front-running tactics to win by three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on the main course.
Louie J. Roussell III's Cat Tracks, away from the races since last spring at Sportsman's Park, comes from a barn whose horses generally run well when fresh, and could prove troublesome if sent to the post in Saturday's Taylor's Special. A winner of the first two starts of his career on the grass in New Orleans, Cat Tracks was second April 30 when brought north to Chicago to run on the main track.
Others being considered for Saturday's feature include Richard Saland's Airbourne Command, fifth behind Morluc at Keeneland in the Nureyev, and Alan Drey's Bold Pilot, with a pair of runner-up finishes in his last two starts at Arlington Park.
The British-bred Final Row, owned by the partnership of Handley, Winston & Elmare, has been absent since early August at Ellis Park but is being considered for the Taylor's Special, as is Bennett Powell & Ronnie Lamarque's Kris's Sleigh, seventh in the $100,000 Sea O'Erin September 3 here at Arlington.
Also being considered for the Taylor's Special are Alan Drey's Miners Gamble, Jackie D. Huckabay's Silver Chadra, Robert L. Beck's Vinnie's Boy and A.A.C. Stable's Winnie's Pooh Bear.
Gary A. Tanaka's Histoire Sainte, fourth in the Grade II Palomar Handicap at Del Mar at last asking September 1, has been assigned the top impost of 119 pounds in Sunday's $75,000 Estrapade Handicap and the French-bred's connections are expected to accept that mantle.
The Estrapade, the main event on Sunday's closing day program of the 2001 Arlington Park season, is restricted to fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward and is scheduled to be contested at a mile and a sixteenth over Arlington's world-famous turf course.
The French-bred Histoire Sainte, who pressed the pace in the Palomar before being beaten two and a-half lengths at the wire, had been fourth in Arlington's Grade III Modesty Handicap before that on Arlington Million Preview Day July 28. The Modesty was the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D., part of the International Festival of Racing August 18.
Also being pointed for the Estrapade is Team Block's Ioya Two, the courageous nose victress in the 2001 Modesty. Ioya Two, an Illinois-bred, is assigned 118 pounds in the Estrapade. In the Modesty, the daughter of Lord At War carried one pound more than Histoire Sainte.
Trainer Richard Lundy is expected to be represented by at least one starter in the Estrapade. The conditioner has nominated Wendy's Ten Partnership's Instinct, Marty Grunder & Arbaway Farm, LLC's Julies Love Letter, Arbaway Farm's Lady Angharad and P. Bradley III & S. D. Brille's Saffron Dancer to the Estrapade. All are assigned 114 pounds.
Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc.'s Lady of Peace and My Jo Lee Stable, Inc. & Hurstland Farm, Inc.'s Please Sign In, also with 114 pounds assigned, are also being pointed toward Sunday's Estrapade.
James Tafel LLC's Scoop, a 3-year-old with the 114-pound impost, is expected to be entered in the Estrapade with the "dirt only" qualifier, assuming the race is transferred to the main track due to inclement weather.
Two lightweights assigned 111 pounds in the Estrapade that are expected to go postward are Wexler Stable, Inc.'s Adam's Time and Moises R. Yanez & Hernandez Racing Club's Diablos First Lady.
Conditioner Wayne Catalano, Arlington's trainer champion last season, took over the lead in the current race when he saddled two winners on Sunday at the local oval.
Catalano posed in the winner's circle with Frank C. Calabrese's Eagle Reigns in the fourth and came back with Calabrese's Langston to capture the featured Bowl Game Stakes.
The double gave Catalano a one-win lead in the standings over trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has led the standings almost from the outset of the season.
"Jerry gave us a pep talk over the phone this morning," said Andy Wilson, in charge of the Hollendorfer barn for the remainder of the local season. "He said: 'Keep on plugging.' He also said he wasn't going to change the way he does things just to win the title."
On Wednesday at Arlington Park, the leading duo is scheduled to butt heads in the fourth race. Catalano will saddle Calabrese's Fire and Icy in the fourth while Hollendorfer will counter with Peter Abruzzo & Jerry Hollendorfer's Minister of Decorm in that test.
Catalano also has entered Calabrese's I'm Stewed in the opener and that owner's Saltworks in the seventh; while Hollendorfer has John Franks' Gold Ruckus entered in the sixth.
Robert St. Laurent of Waukegan and Bill Willemarck of Quad City Downs each qualified during three separate preliminary contests to head those entering the finals of the November 10 Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping contest locally.
Complete results are available on line at www.arlingtonpark.com.
Jockey Randy Meier posted a riding double on Sunday's program, winning the second on George Kazarian & Robert Clark's Ella's Flyer and the seventh on Line Fork Stable LLC's Keep In Touch.
On Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship Day (Saturday, October 27) training will be from 6 a..m. to 8:30 a.m. with no break. The schedule will be in effect for the main track and the training track.
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