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In today's notes:


After stalking the pacesetter, Peter Abruzzo & Jerry Hollendorfer's Minister of Decorm took command in upper stretch and drew off the rest of the way to post a four and three-quarter-length tally in Wednesday's fourth race. The winner, trained by Hollendorfer, moved the Northern California-based conditioner back on even terms in the race for leading trainer honors at Arlington in 2001, with four racing days remaining in the local season which ends Sunday.

Wayne Catalano, who won the training title at Arlington last season for the first time, had taken over the leader's role Sunday for the first time when he saddled two winners on that card. Hollendorfer, a trainer with a national presence who is campaigning a string at Arlington for the first time this season, had held sole possession of the leadership virtually throughout the summer and fall.

Through Wednesday's program, both trainers had 37 winners to their credit. Hollendorfer had 24 runner-up finishes as opposed to Catalano's 23, and the defending champion had amassed purse earnings of $889,243 while Hollendorfer's starters have earned $893,611.

On Thursday, the Hollendorfer barn has three starters scheduled, while Catalano is due to saddle a single representative.

Catalano gets the first opportunity at the winner's circle with Frank C. Calabrese's All Is Rosey in the fifth race. Hollendorfer closes out the program with Marta Racing Ventures & T. Frandsen's My First Lady in the seventh, The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Skipingo in the eighth, and Peter Abruzzo, Robert Chapman & Jerry Hollendorfer's Grey Velvet in the finale.


Robert L. Beck's Vinnie's Boy, who won the Taylor's Special Stakes here last season, is set to try to win that race twice in a row when he faces 11 rivals in this year's renewal of the $50,000-added test as the featured event Saturday at Arlington Park.

The turf sprint for 3-year-olds and upward at five furlongs over the Arlington Park lawn will have a gross value of $56,000 if all 12 go to the post, with a $33,600 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.

Vinnie's Boy, an altered son of Sejm, was unable to handle the unusual course at Kentucky Downs when sixth in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Dash September 23, and was eighth before that in the $100,000 Arlington Sprint Handicap before that going over the main track here August 25. On July 14 the Florida-bred was sixth in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint Handicap but won the $100,000 Lone Star Turf Sprint Handicap May 28.

Jockey Donnie Meche, aboard for Vinnie's Boy's score in the Taylor's Special last year, will be back in the irons on Saturday.

Terrence M. Brown's Distinctive Mr. B, winner of his last two starts locally but against easier competition, could prove troublesome in the Taylor's Special. At last asking, when racing for a $50,000 claiming tag, the entire son of Rare Brick made the pace in a five-furlong turf dash and held on for a length and a half tally.

Before that, when racing on the main track in non-winners-of-three-other-than allowance company, the Texas-bred used the same pacesetting tactics to win by three-quarters of a length August 22. Leading rider Rene Douglas has the mount.

Louie J. Roussel III's Cat Tracks, who won the first two starts of his career over the lawn, was unable to visit the winner's circle last time when second, beaten six lengths in his third lifetime start and first on the main course April 30 at Sportsman's Park. However, the Forest Wildcat gelding has been freshened since then and has had three workouts in October at the local oval, two of which were on the grass.

Leading owner Frank C. Calabrese has an entry named to the Taylor's Special that includes Beware Avalanche and River Sounds. Conditioner Wayne Catalano, in a tight duel for leading trainer honors at the meeting, will saddle the duo.

Trainer Dennis Ebert has entered an Alan Drey-owned coupling in Saturday's feature that consists of Bold Pilot and Miners Gamble.

Completing the field is C. B. Handley, M. Winston & D. W. Elmare's Final Row, Bennett Powell & Ronnie Lamarque's Kris's Sleigh, Albert Lobrillo's Nasty Tour, Deb Racing Stable's Q Commercial Jette and CPC Racing Stable's Smokin Pete.


Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano, winner of this year's Grade I Arlington Million, third leg of the World Series Racing Championship, goes to the post in the eighth leg of the Series in Saturday's Group I Carlton Draught Cox Plate from Moonee Valley in Australia.

The race will be simulcast live to Trackside Arlington at 12:30 a.m. Saturday with wagering available at Arlington Park Friday.

Silvano, whose silks are now on display in the Arlington clubhouse in honor of his score in Arlington Million XIX, will be ridden once again by Andreas Suborics, aboard for his score in the centerpiece race of the International Festival of Racing.

Following a work by Silvano Tuesday morning in Australia, Suborics said: "Because Silvano can go fast in the last two furlongs of his race, I think I have a good chance. Silvano has won on so many racetracks and he adapts so well, I am not too worried about the pace on Saturday. I will just sit behind the pace and wait for my chance."

Trainer Andreas Wohler added: "We had been thinking about the Cox Plate for Silvano ever since he won in Singapore and showed how much he liked it in Asia. He likes racing over a mile and a quarter and following his success in Chicago we decided we had to come."


One lucky patron selected all six winners on Wednesday's Pick 6 wager at Arlington Park, resulted in a season high payoff of $45,948.40 based on a $2 wager.

The Pick 6 is a wager where patrons are asked to correctly select the winners of six straight races - usually the third through the eighth.


Veteran Illinois jockey Earlie Fires, who was inducted into the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga last August, will receive another award at the "Best In Illinois Racing" Awards Dinner November 5 at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Also being feted with a Media Award will be Neil Milbert, sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune and Hall of Fame Harness Driver Dave Magee.


  Racing fans coming to Arlington Park Saturday for the simulcast of the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships from Belmont Park will have a choice between the NYRA feed or the NBC telecast on television sets at Arlington.

  Also on Saturday, morning training hours 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.

  Post time for Arlington's first race on Saturday will be 10 a.m. with the first Breeders' Cup race being simulcast at 12:20 p.m. Central time.

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